Storm Water Drainage System

Planning and developing a storm water drainage system is an elaborate process that involves many people and agencies. These systems are required to drain water runoff from streets and surface areas like parking lots and sidewalks.

Storm water drainage system plans are developed by design engineers. Plans and materials have to meet standard provisions established at state and federal agencies. System plans for new construction undergo a review process by the City Planner. Once approval is obtained pipeline contractors can begin construction work.

Engineers have to evaluate several factors when designing drainage systems. One very important consideration is how quickly storm water runoff accumulates upstream and the rate it flows into streets.

Calculating water flow rate lets engineers understand which kind of street gutters are needed for open channel flow, as well as the types of inlets needed. Inlets help to collect debris from entering the system.

Storm drainage systems play an integral role in our daily lives. The design involves creating a network of pipes to transport excess water to a point of discharge. Countless mathematical equations are calculated to assess anticipated rainfall and determine how to successfully manage water flow to minimize flooding.

Excess water that comes from rooftops, streets, and parking lots is often contaminated with petroleum-based products, environmental pollutants, and debris. Storm water pollution is a growing problem that is constantly being monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Storm water drainage system designs must meet EPA regulations of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, and the Clean Water Act when water is being discharged into the nation's waterways.

Storm water management practices are vital for safeguarding water health and monitoring the type and amount of pollutants discharged into the environment. In most states, the Department of Transportation governs catch basin management, while state EPA offices oversee the management of completed drainage systems.

In some situations, water is transported to a retention pond where it is held prior to release into the ground or watershed. Retention ponds can be either dry or wet. Dry ponds are used to hold excess water, while wet ponds are used as a quasi-treatment plant.

Storm water detention ponds are regulate the flow rate to outlet pipes to make certain discharged water does not leave an undesirable impact on property situated downstream of the drainage system.

Storm drainage systems consist of minor and major systems that collectively gather and convey water runoff to the discharge location. Minor systems are necessary for storm water removal and transport runoff through street gutters, subsurface pipes, swales and channels. When water levels are more than minor systems can manage the major system takes over to convey water at a faster rate.

It is advantageous to work with pipeline construction companies such as Kana Pipeline, to be certain projects abide by Best Management Practices developed by the EPA and American Society of General Engineers in 1996.

Kana Pipeline has been associated with several types of storm drainage system construction projects. We are dedicated to minimizing environmental impact associated with installation, rehabilitation, or replacement of drainage systems by utilizing storm water filtration systems that reduce the release of pollutants.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is happy to answer questions you may have or prepare a proposal for storm water drainage system projects. We are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

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Published on October 07, 2011 | Comments: 0

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