Residential infiltration is defined as the process by which water enters the soil and recharges rivers, lakes, streams, and underground aquifers from areas of higher population density. It is an essential piece of stormwater management and has massive implications for the quality of our freshwater resources.
There are many methods that residential areas use to contain and promote healthy filtration of stormwater. Some of which include topics that many of us are familiar with such as rain gardens, rain barrels, and infiltration trenches and retention ponds. Other, more uncommon, methods include green roofs, permeable pavements, and bioswales.
Residential infiltration is an increasingly more popular issue due to the deforestation and development of natural landscapes that would normally filter stormwater all by themselves.