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Nature Based Solution
Constructed Wetlands & Built Structures for Water Management

N17 Underground Water Storage

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Climate Resilience Water Management Natural and Climate Hazards Biodiversity Enhancement Air Quality Health and Well-being Social Justice and Social Cohesion

Underground water retention systems retain storm water from heavy precipitation events and store that water for nearby irrigation purposes. They can be constructed below open spaces such as parks, sports fields or public squares, and are usually topped with permeable pavements or soil substrates with vegetation that allow water to enter the system. Underground water retention systems can be incorporated into a multifunctional design, while simultaneously supporting cyclical water management.  

Conditions for Implementation
  • Space for underground storage needs to be excavated, therefore they can be difficult to incorporate into already existing infrastructure
  • Financial investment
  • Geological knowledge of implementation area
Similar Terminology
Underground water retention basin
    Cooling Service Transpiration
    Building (Insulation)
    Reflection (Albedo)
    Surface Water Regulation Water Conveyance
    Water Infiltration
    Water Retention
    Water Storage
    Water Reuse
    Water Purification Water Filtering
    Water Bio-remediation
    Air Purification and Noise Reduction Deposition
    Air Biofiltration
    Noise Reduction
    Biodiversity Habitat Provision
    Socio-Cultural Services Beauty / Appearance
    Usability / Functionality
    Social Interaction
    Provisioning Service Food / Energy / Material
    Climate Regulation CO2 Sequestration