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How Does a Storm Water Drainage System Work?

Designing a storm water drainage system is a sophisticated method that requires collaboration between engineers, pipeline contractors, and governmental agencies. These systems are needed to collect storm water runoff from roofs, gutters, and surface areas. Storm water drainage system blueprints are created by technical engineers. Blueprints and construction materials need to comply with state and federal government regulations. The plans have to be reviewed by the city planner. Upon approval, pipeline contractors can commence with preparing the land for installation. When designing storm drainage systems engineers must consider multiple factors. Two of the most significant factors is the rate that runoff water accumulates upstream and the rate water flows into streets. Computing the water drainage rate helps engineers determine the type of street gutters required for open channel flow, along with the kinds of inlets needed. Inlets aid in gathering debris and preventing it from getting into the system. Storm water drainage systems play an important role in everyday life. The design entails developing a pipeline network to convey extra water to a point of release. Numerous mathematical calculations are performed to compute expected rainfall and understand how to manage the water to prevent flooding. Storm water runoff is often contaminated with debris, petroleum products, and environmental toxins. Storm water pollution has become an increasing problem that is carefully being supervised by the Environmental Protection Agency. When water is released into the nation's waterways storm drainage systems have to satisfy EPA regulations of the Clean Water Act and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

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Storm water management practices are essential for protecting the overall health of national waterways and monitoring the kinds and amounts of toxins released into the environment. In most states, the Environmental Protection Agency governs the supervision of finished storm water drainage systems and the Department of Transportation oversees catch basin management. Certain types of construction jobs require storm water to be conveyed to detention ponds where it can be stored for discharge at a later time. Detention ponds are classified as either wet or dry. Wet ponds are used as a quasi-treatment plant, while dry detention ponds store extra water. Detention ponds help control the flow rate to outlet pipes and ensure released water doesn't have an undesired impact on property located downstream of the system. Storm water drainage systems are comprised of minor and major systems that work together to collect and transport water to the point of discharge. Minor systems are vital for collecting and conveying water via street gutters, pipelines, channels and swales. If water levels exceed the maximum capacity of minor systems the major system takes over and transports water at a faster rate. When employing pipeline contractors to install storm water drainage system, be certain systems comply with Best Management Practices that were created by the American Society of General Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency.

WATER * SEWER * FIRE LINE * STORM DRAIN * SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING 1639 E. Miraloma Avenue * Placentia, CA 92870 * P (714) 986-1400 * F *714) 986-1416 www.KanaPipeline.com LIC 461487A