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ALI uses new flood solution in projects

Published on 14 September 2012 [ manilatimes.net ]
Written by MADELAINE B. MIRAFLOR

As it continues to launch projects in different parts of the country, property developer giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) will start applying “infiltration strips” for its developments, which is a new and sustainable solution to storm water management.

“Infiltration strips are functional engineering solutions that have become synonymous with intelligent urban planning among the top cities of the world,” said Tony Aquino, president and chief executive officer of ALI.

“Ayala Land is pioneering this technology in the Philippines as a permanent fixture in future developments, starting with our newest large-scale urban project in Quezon City,” he added, referring to the real estate company’s 29-hectare development that is touted to be Quezon City Central Business District’s City Center: Vertis North.

Infiltration strips function in two ways—as storm water management system and as urban landscape elements, and incorporating both makes the street system smarter without compromising aesthetic qualities that are important to street life and vibrant communities, Aquino added.

As a storm water management system, infiltration strips function as a detention and filtering device that regulates the release of storm water to rivers and waterways. Reducing storm water run-off minimizes effects of flooding into adjacent low-lying communities.

Infiltration strips also provides time for water to get absorbed by the ground and air through evaporation, which are relatively easy to design and build, and require low-maintenance effort while also adding a greener, more visually appealing effect to a specific area.

“The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 typhoons every year. When rain comes, about 10 percent of the rainwater goes back to the atmosphere while only close to 5 percent is absorbed by the soil and the remaining chunk is what become flood water. Infiltration stripes are designed to simulate the natural flow of storm water in the forest, while also conveniently allowing us to use storm water as a potable resource,” said Aquino.
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