When you are building a subdivision or new development, one of the most important things to consider is how to control the water runoff. If you don’t take steps to control the runoff, it can cause serious damage to your property and create hazardous conditions for pedestrians and drivers. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best ways to control water runoff in your subdivision or new development.
One of the best ways to control water runoff is by using detention ponds. Detention ponds are designed to temporarily hold water that would otherwise run off your property. This can help prevent flooding and erosion, and it can also recharge groundwater supplies.
Another way is by using retention ponds. Retention ponds are similar to detention ponds, but they are designed to hold water permanently. This can be a good option if you have a lot of space on your property, and it can also provide a habitat for wildlife. Since retention ponds always have water in them you can stock them with fish. This provides residents with a place to fish and can create a beautiful feature in your subdivision or development. You can even hold an annual fishing tournament which all the residents will love!
If you have a smaller property, you can still control water runoff by using rain gardens. Rain gardens are planted areas that are designed to absorb water runoff. They can be created with native plants that are tolerant of wet conditions, and they can add beauty to your property.
You can also control water runoff by using landscaping techniques such as grading and vegetation. Grading involves creating slopes on your property that will direct water away from buildings and other structures. Vegetation can help to absorb water and slow down the flow of runoff. You need the correct type of vegetation for your area, and you also need to maintain it properly. This is very similar to a rain garden discussed above.
Another way to control runoff is by using pervious pavement. Pervious pavement has gaps that allow water to seep through, which can help reduce runoff and prevent flooding. This type of pavement is often used in parking lots and on driveways. Although the initial cost is higher than standard pavement you may find that the overall cost of the project goes down due to decreased cost of other water runoff features. You can also use this type of pavement if you do not have room on the property for a large retention or detention pond as now the entire asphalt surface can be used as a catch basin and lower the water runoff amount.
If you are planning to build a subdivision or new development, it is important to consider how you will control the water runoff. Taking steps to control the runoff can help prevent damage to your property and keep everyone safe. For more information on controlling water runoff, contact your local engineering firm. They will be able to help you develop a plan that is tailored to your specific needs.