Road runoff water is often speeding down the drain, quickly concentrating into erosion gullies taking the soils along. Instead of giving it a speeding ticket, you can also redirect the water. Away from the road, within the adjacent area. Not letting it go, but also not letting it affect your road and landscapes. A new type of road water management.
The concentrated water along roads and road catchment can be harvested. This harvesting can be done with simple structures on and along the road. Think of trenches, mitre-drains, cross-culverts, storage ponds and the like. A combination of techniques can channel water from roads into retention/infiltration areas. Benefits include groundwater recharge, landscape restoration, increased road infrastructure longevity, and increased water availability for agricultural and domestic use.
This presentation attached is held at the 2nd IRF Africa Regional Congress in Windhoek, Namibia. On July 11-13, 2017. It is on the beneficial use of road water for climate resilience and asset management.