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Drainage Solutions are Important

By Joan Jaynes

Property owners and those responsible for municipal areas are right to be cautious about floods. Too much water in areas that cannot handle it (because they are overflowing or because they were never intended to be exposed to water) is the deceptively simple definition of a flood. And whether due to the weather or some form of human infrastructural failing (such as a water main break), the end result of flooding is rarely pretty.

Flood waters can really take their toll. Water damage to buildings is bad enough (as it may compromise the structural integrity over the short or long term). The knock-on effects of flooding can be just as bad – and quite pernicious, particularly for city dwellers. Floods can carry sewage and other serious contaminants into the streets and buildings, compromising local drinking water and therefore human health. Hurricane Katrina’s effects on the city of New Orleans are a prime example of the dangers.

Water cannot be allowed to flow in an uncontrolled manner near human dwellings. It has to be properly channeled – especially when there is more than normal. Drainage is the key – the capacity to get rid of any excess fast enough to prevent flooding. Many engineers and planners have exerted tremendous efforts in order to look ahead and be prepared. The Thames Barrier in the UK prevents swelling ocean tides from impacting London. The massive Delta Works project in the Netherlands is an even more impressive effort to prevent widespread damage from North Sea-based flood dangers.

It should be clear that Drainage Solutions are the key to avoiding flood damage. Proper drainage keeps water out of areas it should not flow. This may include handling contamination situations through the use of treatment options (or containment). Planning is required – in particular, planning for the worst, with proper redundancies in case something fails unexpectedly.

Drainage systems may be built from reinforced concrete pipe or HDPE Pipe, both of which are strong and dependable. Corrugated steel pipe is also used, particularly in situations where its lighter weight and ease of installation and transport prove advantageous. Cost may also be a factor.

Computer modeling of flood dangers is a growing field, one that promises to better measure responses to actual vulnerabilities. If materials and effort can be better directed and more judiciously applied, more human suffering can be prevented (and at a lower cost) than “over-engineering” a solution.

Anyone responsible for drainage solutions or flood prevention planning should consult with an experienced company when it comes time to examine the products that might be used. The more options that can be considered under one “umbrella,” the more likely that the right solution can be had – for the right price.

Joan Jaynes is a freelance Internet journalist who focuses on the construction industry and related issues. She has a particular interest in the various types of Drainage Solutions. This includes products such as HDPE Pipe.

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