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Concrete Storm Drain Structure

A concrete storm drain structure is rather nondescript in appearance, but serves an important duty. The bulk of these structures are primarily hidden underground or protected by embankments. Visible parts include curb inlets and street gutters which are positioned along sidewalks and roadways.

Areas without a concrete storm drain structure are often plagued by flooding any time it rains. Storm drains are designed to pull excess water into the system by means of gravity. City streets and parking lots are built with slight elevation so water will naturally flow into systems.

Designing and installing municipal storm drainage systems is no easy feat. Numerous factors have to be assessed to determine where pipes will be installed, along with pipe dimensions and type of construction materials.

Engineers calculate current and future storm drain needs of different environments. Storm drainage systems can become overburdened when communities expand. Calculations take into account various scenarios, such as number of people residing in the area within the next 20 years and anticipated expansion of retail or commercial developments.

When areas expand, land is often replaced by parking lots, driveways, and roads. Since storm water cannot penetrate solid surfaces it begins to travel until it reaches storm drains, rivers, or streams. As the water moves it picks up debris, pesticides, particulates, and other types of environmental pollutants.

If storm water isn't treated before being discharged into rivers, lakes, or oceans it can cause serious harm to waterways and everything that is reliant on that source for survival. Pollution can impede the growth and well-being of aquatic life, plant life, and eco systems, as well as presenting human health risks.

Installing public storm drainage systems is a multi-step process that entails land surveys, excavation, trenching, installing water pipeline and connecting system components, and land restoration. Citywide projects can take several months to complete.

Systems are comprised of multiple elements including catch basins, street gutters, junction chambers, drop inlets, access manholes, water pipeline, and outlet pipes. Together, these components provide an efficient system to get rid of rain water and snowmelt to avert flooding along streets and parking lots.

Storm water management is especially important on interstate systems. Wet pavement and street flooding cause all kinds of problems for motorists, including car crashes. Therefore, storm water must be eliminated before it can accumulate to maintain traffic safety.

Due to the complexities of storm drain construction, contractors obtain specialized training and become familiar with EPA guidelines. Contractors also are required to obtain permits pertaining to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) unless work is performed on privately owned residences.

Improper installation and inferior construction materials can create devastating catastrophes that range from flooding to destroying entire eco systems. For obvious reasons working with topnotch storm drain contractors should be a top priority.

The experienced team at Kana Pipeline has earned recognition for being a premier wet utility construction contractor. With over 25 years experience in this field, we understand the importance of proper planning, organization, and construction safety.

We provide a variety of wet utility pipeline services including the installation of sewer, water, and reclaimed water pipes; fireline; pump stations; storm water filtration structures; storm drainage systems; and concrete storm drain structures.

We invite you to look around and find out more about our company and the services we offer. We welcome inquiries and encourage you to call us to discuss your storm drain project.

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Published on August 20, 2012 | Comments: 0

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