We’ve heard SPU state twice that 70% of the Raingardens are functioning properly.
There are 31 cells total in our two-block area.
12 (39%) are not draining at all. In fact, we have witnessed those cells filling up again within hours of being pumped when it is not raining, indicating to us they are below the water table and cannot possibly be fixed, even with underground drainage.
9 (29%) are not draining, but could possibly be fixed (unknown). These sit with anywhere from two to four inches of water for several days after it rains 1/2 inch.
10 (32%) are functioning properly.
We live here; we watch and build monitoring reports. This is the most accurate information.
We’re all working toward the same goal – to cut down on the run-off and save Puget Sound. We should identify the functioning Raingardens honestly so we know what to address and where to cut our losses.