A Concrete Explanation
One of the most common questions I've received from friends, family and neighbors following along with the Oakley Home 2.0 progress is 'What's with the Kiddie Pool?' This was also the case on the first Home 2.0 project in Pleasant Ridge, but thought with all the pools opening this Memorial Day weekend, I would go ahead and dive into this.
I was aware from my first home project that the Kiddie Pools were associated with concrete work, but it wasn't until doing some additional research this weekend that the specific purpose of the plastic pools became clear to me. It turns out these pools are commonly used on construction sites throughout the country as a way of containing concrete truck washout. Government regulations prohibit concrete wash or rinse water from concrete trucks, chutes, mixing equipment, tools and related items from being discharged or allowed to run into any water body or portion of the stormwater system including streets and storm inlets. That said, the kiddie pool, which is inexpensive and readily available at stores is perfectly sized for containing this wash until it hardens and can be disposed of properly. The following images show the pools at the Oakley Home 2.0 site and my current home in Pleasant Ridge when it was under construction in 2015.