Concrete Storm Drain Contractors

Concrete storm drain contractors perform work related to private and public-owned storm drainage systems. While much of their work is performed behind the scenes, contractors play an important role in protecting America's communities.

Working with experienced concrete storm drain contractors is essential. This is especially true with municipal projects that affect entire cities and towns. Drainage systems are necessary to remove melted snow and storm water from city and residential streets, parking lots and garages, and other ground surfaces.

An unfortunate effect of eliminating storm water runoff is the collection of environmental contaminants. As water washes along sidewalks, driveways and streets, it collects lawn fertilizers, pesticides, oils, antifreeze, pet waste, and other materials.


Everything that passes through precast storm drains is released into oceans and waterways. Storm water is a leading cause of water pollution and is constantly monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Two of the more important EPA regulations pertain to the Clean Water Act and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program (NPDES). NPDES oversees matters pertaining to the release of hazardous contaminants that are discharged into oceans, rivers and lakes through drainage systems.

Contractors that perform storm drain pipe installation for any type of municipal, commercial, industrial, or institutional construction job must obtain an NPDES permit prior to installing the system.

The majority of work carried out by concrete storm drain builders involves municipal projects. Public works systems are integral structures comprised of storm drain chambers, underground water pipes, inlets, catch basins, oil and water separators, and geomembrane or fossil filters.

Storm water is pulled into catch basins positioned along sidewalks and city streets. From there it passes through a series of subsurface pipes until it reaches the point of discharge. This is most often an ocean, river, or lake, but can also be a wet or dry retention pond.

Some storm systems such as storm water storage tanks are positioned underground to accept drainage from surrounding areas and stored inside for future reuse in watering landscaping. These tanks can hold as much as 40,000 gallons of water, or more, and require design engineers and storm drain contractors to engage in careful planning prior to installation.

During the design phase, engineers work with subsurface utility engineering contractors to obtain 3D maps of the jobsite. SUE uses a variety of non-invasive equipment to determine if underground utilities or pipelines are present. These methods help to lessen workplace accidents and job delays because they identify potential previously unknown underground utility conflicts prior to excavation.

It is imperative to work with experienced contractors to perform storm drain pipe installation. Hiring reputable companies ensures that the project will be completed in accordance with state and federal guidelines and that construction material comply with EPA regulations.

Kana Pipeline possesses nearly 30 years experience as a concrete storm drain contractor. Stop by our Blog to learn more about services offered by Kana, as well as pipeline construction industry news.

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Published on May 17, 2012 | Comments: 0

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