Wet Ponds And Dry Ponds - Stormwater System Maintenance Strategies

Posted on: 22 March 2023

Maintaining a stormwater system protects the environment and prevents drainage issues. Use the following tips to inspect the stormwater system on your property. Implement strategies to prevent erosion and ensure proper drainage of stormwater.

Wet Ponds

A wet pond stormwater system collects water. A series of pipes allow runoff to collect within a wet pond. Sunlight and vegetation break down, filter, and clean pollutants that are within a wet pond.

This type of stormwater system typically requires routine inspections of the vegetation that surrounds the pond. Vegetation should cover the perimeter of the pond. Large trees and plants with deep root systems should not be planted next to a wet pond. Large vegetation species could damage underground plumbing materials.

Dry Ponds

Dry ponds collect and filter rainwater. Soil and gravel are typically used as filter materials. The soil and gravel will evenly cover the base of a dry pond. Vegetation should not be planted in a dry pond. Vegetation that grows within a dry pond could prevent soil and water from filtering properly.

Inspections And Maintenance

Prepare a checklist that outlines the parts of your stormwater system that need to be assessed during a routine inspection. If you own a wet pond, include things like assessing the condition of the vegetation that surrounds the pond.

Vegetation should be carefully maintained. The failure to keep the perimeter covered with vegetation could lead to soil erosion. If soil erosion were to become an issue, dirty sediment could fall into the wet pond and contaminate the rainwater that is being filtered.

If you own a dry pond, prepare a checklist that includes assessing the property that surrounds the pond. The removal of vegetation should be one of the steps that are taken when maintaining the pond.

Soil Quality Assessments

The quality of the soil that surrounds a pond should be inspected regularly. This will prevent excess contaminants from mixing with the rainwater that is being collected within a stormwater system.

Drainage Issues

If water backs up after a heavy storm, the drainage materials that lead to a wet pond or a dry pond could be clogged. A professional inspection of drain pipes and filters should be conducted.

A licensed professional who is knowledgeable about stormwater systems should be hired to perform an inspection. If dirt and other materials have entered a part of a stormwater drainage system, a technician may use a hydro jetting process to eliminate clogs.

To learn more, contact a stormwater system service in your area such as CatchAll Environmental.


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