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Maintaince of Stormwater FacilitiesWho is Responsible for Maintaining Stormwater Facilities?

All stormwater facilities need to be maintained. Regular maintenance ensures proper functioning and keeps the facility visually appealing. Enviro-stormwater Management can provide a maintenance program to fit your particular facility needs to save you money.

As a homeowner, homeowner’s association or property Management Company you are responsible for regularly maintaining privately owned ponds, catch basins, pipes and other drainage facilities within your subdivision. Local governments maintain stormwater facilities located in public right-of-ways. 

What is a Storm Drain System and how does it work?

Storm Drain SystemThe storm drain system for most developments includes components that carry, store, cleanse, and release the stormwater. These components work together to reduce the impacts of development on the environment. These impacts can include flooding which results in property damage and blocked emergency routes, erosion which can cause damage to salmon spawning habitat, and pollution which harms fish and/or drinking water supplies.

The storm drain system provides a safe method to carry stormwater to the treatment and storage areas. Swales and ponds filter pollutants from the stormwater by physically settling out particles, chemically binding pollutants to pond sediments, and biologically converting pollutants to less-harmful compounds. The ponds also store the treated water, releasing it gradually to a nearby stream or to groundwater.

What does Stormwater Runoff have to do with Water Quality?

Stormater runoffStormwater runoff needs to be treated because it carries litter, oil, gasoline, fertilizers, pesticides, pet wastes, sediments, and anything else that can float, dissolve, or be swept along by the moving water. Left untreated, polluted stormwater can reach nearby waterways where it can harm and even kill aquatic life. It can also pollute groundwater to the extent that it must be treated before it can be used for drinking.

Nationally, stormwater is recognized as a major threat to water quality. Remember to keep everything out of stormwater systems except the rainwater they are designed to collect.

Your stormwater facility can be attractive as well as functional. They can provide both active and passive-use recreation areas and open space for wildlife.

Perhaps you’ve noticed a wet or dry pond in your neighborhood. These different types of ponds are designed for different purposes. For example, wet ponds primarily provide treatment of stormwater.  Dry ponds or infiltration ponds are designed to provide storage for stormwater and gradually release it downstream or allow it to filter into the ground.

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