How Can the Flow of Stormwater Be Controlled?

How Can the Flow of Stormwater Be Controlled?

Stormwater is water from natural precipitation, such as snow or rain that doesn’t get absorbed by the ground. This mainly happens due to the lack of properly designed drainage systems. Even a light rainfall can contribute to a large stormwater volume in a particular area. As this run off water flows, it can collect a lot of pollutants with it, such as oil, fertilisers, leaves, bacteria, soil, pesticides and so much more.

Why exactly is stormwater a cause for concern? Large volumes of stormwater are not preferred, for the following reasons:

  • Stormwater can cause flooding, without proper drainage.
  • The accumulated waste and pollutants in stormwater can pollute natural water bodies, putting aquatic life at risk.
  • If water cannot sink into the ground, the groundwater sources start to get depleted.

There are several ways to control the flow of stormwater, which are mentioned below:

  1. Landscape and site management: Stormwater can be controlled by implementing changes to buildings and landscape. Structural alterations can help manage the flow of run-off stormwater.
  2. Protect construction sites: Construction sites need to be protected using sturdy silt fences. This can prevent the run-off of stormwater from the highly prone construction areas.
  3. Do not pave unnecessary surfaces: Concrete surfaces, such as pavements and roads prevent stormwater from seeping into the ground. Avoid paving unnecessary areas, such as patios. If you have a choice, always choose porous materials, such as wood or gravel stones on walkways.
  4. Plant a garden: A garden can be designed and planted to control stormwater. It is designed to include soil layers and plants, which are capable of filtering stormwater.

One of the best methods to control stormwater is by installing on-site stormwater detention tanks or OSD. The OSD is a temporary solution to collect stormwater and discharge it into the municipal water drainage system. The best advantage of these tanks is that they can store runoff water for up to 100 years!

StormwaterOSD tanks are installed in such a way that the existing drainage infrastructure is not affected. OSDs are designed by a qualified engineer. An ideal OSD tank must have trash screens, inlets, orifice plates and an overflow tank. At Rain Cycle, our engineers are experienced in the design and installation of OSD tanks for homes. We will also ensure that the tank meets all the design specifications for safe operation. Our tanks are manufactured in right here in Australia and can be customised according to your requirements. For more information, get in touch with us today on 1800 006 176 or email us at You can also learn more about our full range of services at:

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