Managing stormwater runoff and the contaminants that go with it is a major part of developing a property, an outdoor athletic field, a parking structure or a park. Three types of containment systems are used most commonly. They include stormwater chambers, ponds or tunnels. Chambers may be the best option of them all.
These chambers collect and hold stormwater underground leaving the space above free to be used in many other ways. They also keep the water and contaminants from becoming airborne. They are affordable, easy to install and to configure and they come in many different materials.
A storm water chamber may be made of concrete, fiberglass, plastic, aluminum, or of recycled, green materials. Most materials are lightweight yet highly durable. The green materials can be stacked or used in a tiered arrangement. This allows them to hold even more stormwater.
A well-made storm water chamber filters everything better than a tunnel or a pond. These items have inner support panels to further strengthen them. They are the best option for urban areas where finding the space for a pond or a complex tunnel may be nearly impossible.
Because they are installed underground the water they collect does not attract mosquitos the way a pond might. This is important because it means the use of these chambers will not lead to the spread of diseases like West Nile Virus.
Unlike a pond, the underground systems will not pose drowning hazards. Ponds can appear to be a visually appealing fixture in a park or an office building complex, but they can be dangerous to small children who cannot swim.
Materials and Prices
The different materials that these chambers are made from cost different prices. The green or recycled materials tend to be the least expensive and the easiest to install. They are just as durable as the aluminum or concrete products are, but they have the added benefit of helping you to be environmentally responsible while constructing the stormwater runoff system for your development. Other materials cost more but the actual prices vary among different manufacturers.
All the materials will hold stormwater and keep contaminants from spilling or seeping out and polluting the soil around them no matter what you pay for them. The complexity of your system will also impact its final cost. Added features like underground units that can help replenish water resources will always cost more but high-quality chambers that offer a controlled system of filtering stormwater into the soil surrounding them are worthwhile. They contain stormwater and pollutants all while working to nourish the surrounding soil and make it better for the surrounding landscape.
Select the best option for your stormwater containment system by reviewing the different materials carefully. More developers are turning to those made of environmentally friendly, recycled materials. When researching materials and prices also research the warranty that is offered by the manufacturer.
Your development will not be complete without an efficient, durable and long-lasting stormwater containment system. Consider the underground chambers as being the best option for this purpose.