Stormwater runoff from large commercial, industrial, and institutional properties must be managed on-site rather than flushed into storm drains or natural water bodies. Stormwater harvesting is the most common technique used to comply with these regulations.
What Is Stormwater?
Stormwater runoff is a big problem in the United States. Stormwater runoff refers to the water that flows over the Earth's surface after it rains. This water picks up pollutants and contaminants along the way.
In most areas, stormwater runoff ends up going directly into lakes, rivers, and streams. If this happens, it can make water unsafe for swimming and drinking. It can also hurt wildlife and make water supplies more expensive to treat.
What is Stormwater Detention?
Stormwater detention is the process of storing and treating stormwater runoff. Stormwater detention systems are designed to manage the increased volume and flow rate of stormwater runoff during storms and reduce or prevent flooding. Stormwater is generally collected and stored in special, slow-draining tanks.
Why Detain Stormwater?
Stormwater runoff is a problem that affects thousands of communities across the United States. It negatively impacts the environment and significantly affects the quality of life, but it also has an enormous financial impact. According to the EPA, stormwater runoff is one of the U.S. leading causes of water pollution.
Stormwater runoff carries pollutants from streets and parking lots, lawns, and gardens into local waterways. We need to hold rainwater on the ground for longer to soak into the underlying soil. This will help filter out sediments and nutrients that would otherwise contribute to water pollution.
The primary purpose of stormwater detention is to reduce the volume and rate of discharge into receiving streams, rivers, and lakes.
Stormwater Detention Systems
There are several stormwater detention systems that you can use in your landscape design. When planning your landscape, there are a few things that you have to consider before you start installing new features. Your landscape design should meet the requirements of local or state building codes. You also need to consider the impact on the environment and how much maintenance the system will require once it is installed.
Underground Pipe Systems
Lowering the slope and over-sizing the storm sewer pipes can facilitate stormwater detention. A series of pipes can be designed to facilitate the storage since a greater overall length is required. A longer pipe run will reduce the size of the manifold, reducing the cost of the manifold. The pipes can be perforated if the soil is conducive to infiltration.
Underground Chamber Systems
Since installing chamber systems is done manually without heavy equipment, they can be less expensive than their pipe counterparts. Rainwater can infiltrate through the open bottom of the chamber.
Underground Concrete Vaults
Although concrete vault systems can be more expensive than pipe and chamber systems, they can offer the most storage space per square inch compared to pipe and chamber designs. Also, a concrete vault system can be inspected manually, while someone can use video check a pipe and chamber system.
Stormwater Detention Solutions and Commercial Stormwater Detention Services
Rainwater detention is best left to professionals if you are looking for a long-term solution. Also, we can build beautiful stormwater retention systems that will blend in with the landscape and complement your home or commercial property.
Water Harvesting Solutions is a premier provider of stormwater detention solutions in the U.S. Please call us today at 800-580-5350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation.
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