Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), a water management company for stormwater and onsite septic wastewater management, announced the results of a survey of citizens’ thoughts on stormwater management.
The ADS Survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll in November 2023 among over 2,000 U.S. adults. According to the results, more than half of U.S. citizens (51%) are concerned about the current infrastructure in place to manage stormwater within their communities.
In addition to infrastructure concerns, survey findings also revealed:
There is confusion among U.S. adults about how water is managed. More than half of Americans (53%) do not know where water goes after it leaves their home, which would include how it is stored and treated before being returned back to the environment.
When it comes to water, environmental impact is top of mind for most Americans. Fifty-eight percent of U.S. adults are concerned how stormwater is managed in their communities to ensure environmental stewardship and sustainability (i.e., transportation efficiency, energy usage, water reusage, etc.).
Climate change is believed to be outpacing stormwater management practices. Forty-three percent of Americans feel the stormwater management in their area is not keeping up with climate changes, emphasizing the need for stronger and more sustainable water management practices.
Alongside the survey results, ADS shared that it has begun construction on a stormwater engineering, research and development facility located near the company’s headquarters in Hilliard, Ohio. The ADS Engineering and Technology Center will focus on product engineering, materials science and manufacturing technologies to create new products, identify sustainable materials and further develop manufacturing processes.