You are here: Home Environment Climate Change Requiring Roof Gardens in Singapore Requiring Roof Gardens in Singapore by Heather Carr January 17, 2012, 2:00 am 3 Comments After last year’s severe flooding in Singapore, an expert panel was formed to examine drainage design and flood prevention measures. Last week, they revealed their findings. “Urbanization has undoubtedly led to an increase in storm water run-off in Singapore. There is therefore a strong argument for introducing measures to mitigate the effects of such urbanization.” The twelve-member panel looked at improving Singapore’s drain infrastructure, but decided it would be too expensive and disruptive. Instead, the panel recommends slowing rainwater runoff at the source on new construction. Older buildings might be retrofitted with these measures. Recommendations include: storage tanks – cisterns would catch rain as it runs off roofs rain gardens – a shallow depression containing plants designed to catch runoff and pollutants roof-top gardens – a garden on the roof of a building, which can be decorative or agricultural porous pavements – sidewalks, streets, and parking lots paved with a permeable material At the same time, some development of infrastructure is recommended, just not citywide. Diversion canals, storage tanks along drains, drain capacity improvements, and flood barriers are being looked at. In recent decades, more rain has been falling on Singapore with increasing frequency and intensity. With five million people living in Singapore, flood control and prevention is important. Rooftop garden photo via Shutterstock See more Previous article Corporations Can Legally Dump Toxic Waste in Fertilizers Next article Pink Slime Update: Major Fast Food Companies Say No 3 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:The Week in Water: Mar 24-30, 2012 Pingback:The High Cost of Storm Water Runoff Pingback:The Week in Water: Mar 24-30, 2012 • Nifty Homestead Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.