Storm Water Management
Rachel Doornekamp | November 19, 2019
While often taken for granted, storm water runoff management is imperative to the safety, effectiveness and overall well-being of a city. As cities continue to grow and expand, the importance of effective stormwater management grows too.
Consequences of Mismanaged Storm Water
Mismanaged storm water has many negative implications for a community including flooding, reduction in recharge and pollutant transport.
During times of high precipitation storm water systems work to prevent flooding. As constructed surfaces like roads or parking lots don’t allow for water to penetrate their surface, water can quickly build up. Flooding has numerous consequences including structural damage, compromised integrity, and erosion.
The impermeable surfaces mentioned above can also lead to a depletion of groundwater. As water builds up on these impassable areas excessive runoff is created. If not properly directed, uncontrolled runoff can find a home that is not an aquifer or reservoir thus depleting drinking water sources.
Water runoff can also result in pollutant transport. As rainwater does not originate from a single source, it picks up all manner of impurities as it flows across various surfaces, carrying it to nearby streams and rivers.
Infrastructure Inspection with ROVs
Like any structural system, the integrity of infrastructure must be monitored and maintained. Regular inspections to ensure the condition of the pipes, drains, basins and other structures are imperative for safe storm water management. Issues like leaks, cracks, blocked pipes and sediment build up are common challenges that should be identified and addressed quickly. Submersible remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are an effective, easy and cost-saving option for infrastructure inspection.
Deep Trekker’s underwater ROVs provide a safe and cost effective alternative to hiring divers, while pipe crawlers allow operators to explore pipes that are inaccessible to humans. The battery powered robots do not require topside power, making them easily portable and easy to deploy. Powerful cameras provide operators with a complete view of the area they are inspecting while also allowing for inspections to be recorded or photographed for further review. Add ons for the underwater ROVs and the pipe crawlers give operators advanced options such as laser scalers, Cygnus thickness gauges, and elevating arms.
Municipalities and contractors can be confident that they are providing the best possible storm water management system with regular inspections of key structures. Inflows, outflows, manholes, internal pipes and water basins must all be inspected regularly to ensure that they are operating at full capacity to prevent issues. Frequent inspections are key, as deficiencies can often multiply and compound as time goes by. By conducting consistent inspections, imperfections can be addressed before they become a costly issue.