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What Is Storm Water Management?

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 124

Storm Water Management is the process of managing the condition and amount of excess water, particularly when it appears suddenly. This involves engineered devices and systems, such as a retention pond for cleaning and treating polluted runoff. It is important to manage this water, especially in urban areas where the run off can be a flood risk.

So what exactly is storm water?

Storm water is not defined as merely the water from storms or rainfall. It includes all water from any precipitation occurrence, such as run off from snowfall, and over watering. It is a concern for a few reasons. The first reason is due to the volume and timing of the run off. This can contribute to contaminants and polluting of water.

Loose dirt or sand in parking lots, buildings, and highways do not particularly allow for the rain to filter into the soil. This is why you will notice more run off water in metropolitan and urban areas in comparison to non-urban areas. This can be damaging to the environment since it should have been restored to the groundwater or to supplement a stream or river.

Studies have concluded...

....that the increase in runoff water can destroy streams and rivers. This could lead to an increase in floods with the storm water collection system being hampered with the additional inflow of water. It is not managed correctly the run off water due to heavy rain could cause serious damage to lives and properties.

There is then run the risk of polluted runoff from bacteria and toxins getting into the surface water. This isn't as unusual as one might think it is. Daily the actions of humans leave pollution on streets, in the grass, on rooftops, and even in farms in different areas. This pollution is ultimately picked up by a runoff and winds up in the streams and oceans.

Our everyday habits effect the pollution of waterways.

In some areas, polluted runoff from the roads is the highest source of pollution in the water. Not only leaf and green matter from garden and dog waste but paint and chemicals are often washed down the drainage system. Effects of polluted storm water are weed invasion, stream erosion, and changes to circulation patterns. A lot of storm water managing systems are created to get rid of the impurities that are found in runoff before it has a chance to pollute surface waters.

Water management is important to help stop the discharge of pollutants into the environment. In order to ensure storm water management as a successful structure more people should be taught about how human activities influence the quality of their water, so they can learn to better handle the situation. Plumbers and plumbing services help to prevent additional pollution to the environment by managing and maintaining our storm water from the source in our own homes and gardens, right through to wetlands and run off ponds.

Hall and Baum Plumbing Adelaide Master plumbers specialising in storm water management, blocked drain clearing and all general plumbing in Adelaide and South Australia. We offer you 24 hour plumbing service 7 days a week in Adelaide and South Australia Call us on 1300 209 052

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