People living throughout the Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland areas are all too familiar with the excessive rainfall our province experiences on a yearly basis. At H2O Pro Drainage, we understand how important it is to utilize sustainable stormwater management techniques to prevent rainwater from carrying debris and other pollutants into our streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands. As an experienced and highly qualified stormwater management company, H2O Pro Drainage offers a selection of stormwater management strategies and solutions that are environmentally friendly and backed by years of industry experience.
What is Stormwater Management?
Stormwater management is designed to help reduce the runoff of rainwater or melted snow into streets, lawns, and other sites in order to help improve the quality of nearby bodies of water. By creating stormwater management systems that allow more stormwater to be absorbed into the soil, H2O Pro Drainage works to ensure that rainwater is properly filtered before replenishing aquifers or flowing into streams and rivers.
Why Stormwater Management is Important
In urban and developed areas like Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby, impervious surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground. This leads to excessive amounts of water running into storm drains, sewer systems, and drainage ditches, which can cause flooding, erosion, infrastructure damage, and overflowing sewer systems; however, through the use of proper stormwater management practices, stormwater can easily be captured and reused to help maintain and restore the natural hydrologic cycle.
Designing a Stormwater Management System
Some of the factors that go into designing a stormwater management system are:
Determining the Catchment Area
When it comes to determining the catchment area for a stormwater management system in the Greater Vancouver area, some physical factors, such as grading, may affect the types of stormwater management practices that can be used. In some cases, separation from buildings may be required, as soakaway pits and ponding areas should not be located near buildings to prevent foundation drainage problems.
Examining the Ground
The ground condition of the catchment area and its layer structure also play an important role in creating a stormwater management plan. Before installing a stormwater management system, H2O Pro Drainage will conduct a soil report to determine the management system’s effectiveness for the area.
Determining the Size of the Stormwater Management System
The size of the residential stormwater management system that will be installed depends on the amount of rainfall the area experiences. In most cases, the size of the management system is calculated based on 5 years of rain data.
Stormwater Management from H2O Pro Drainage
If you are planning on installing a stormwater management system for your home or building and are in need of onsite assistance or one-on-one advice, we can help. The stormwater management specialists from H2O Pro Drainage will work closely with you to help you develop a customized stormwater solution. To learn more about our stormwater management services, get in touch with us at 604-679-0992 today.