Information You Should Know about Storm Drain Catch Basins

Kana Pipeline
January 22, 2013 — 1,036 views  
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Most people don't realize storm drain catch basins date back to early civilizations. Long ago, drainage systems were an integral part of keeping crops protected during rainy and drought seasons. They were also used to accumulate water for irrigation systems.

Modern storm drain catch basins are considerably more advanced and no longer needed to irrigate crops. Instead, systems are part of public safety measures taken to reduce flooding in residential areas, city streets, and interstate systems.  

People typically don't pay much attention to the concrete structures that are positioned along roads and walkways. However, these non-descript structures provide an opening to an intricate pipeline system that stretches for many miles underneath the ground.

It's too bad that so few people understand how important these systems are. If they had more awareness, they would probably pay more attention to their surroundings and take extra care to keep toxic contaminants from entering the system.

Anytime substances like antifreeze and synthetic motor oils leak onto driveways, they can be washed into storm water drainage systems each time it rains. Other toxins that adversely affect these systems include loose dirt, trash, lawn and garden fertilizers and pesticides, animal waste, and automobile detergents.

The problem with reducing toxins allowed to enter drainage systems is the lack of filtration devices. Since systems are designed to rapidly eliminate storm water runoff, installing filters would decrease flow rates. When flow is restricted the system cannot work efficiently and can result in street flooding.

With that said, most public drainage systems make use of oil and water separator filters. This equipment is needed to lessen the level of motor oils discharged into U.S. waters. Few people realize that as little as one quart of synthetic oil can pollute up to 60,000 gallons of water.

Perhaps the most serious issue is some individuals deliberately dispose of toxic waste via storm drain chambers in order to steer clear of disposal fees. Even though discharging contaminants into public drainage systems is illegal and can result in incarceration and large fines, violators go out of their way to avoid being caught.

It doesn't matter if contaminants are discharged into systems on purpose or by accident. The consequences are still the same and result in causing harm to plant life, wildlife, fish and total eco systems.

Every person has the ability to lessen the degree of toxic waste that they place into storm water drainage systems. The most effective way to reduce individual carbon footprints is to throw out harmful products in compliance with state laws and by making use of household products that are eco-friendly.

Practically every city and town in the U.S. has a municipal storm drain system. Individual municipalities are accountable for routine maintenance. Catch basins and storm drains should undergo extensive vacuuming on a bi-annual basis, while complete systems ought to be thoroughly cleansed each month.

Public storm drain systems make use of a curb inlet storm drain catch basin or a drop inlet which is installed along walkways and streets. Drop inlets are generally utilized in regions with low elevation, such as coastal areas, as well as on flat surfaces such as parking lots.

Regardless of the sort of storm drain catch basins installed, it is vital for the apparatus to be unobstructed so it can function at maximum capacity. Blockages will prevent the system from being able to fully function and cause local flooding to occur.

Kana Pipeline

Most people don't realize storm drain catch basins date back to early civilizations. Long ago, drainage systems were an integral part of keeping crops protected during rainy and drought seasons. Learn more about their new advancements.