How to keep debris out of your storm water drains.
Do the storm water drains on your site lead to a creek, river, canal or waterway? Perhaps they lead directly to the storm water system in your area.
Storm water drains are a very common entry point for water pollution to get into our waterways. Anything other than rain water is classed as pollution, and even though most drains have an iron grate covering them, this is more for safety than the environment. The grates don’t stop pollution.
What system or other methods, does your site use to prevent pollution? The simple fact is that storm water drains and products should be managed. This doesn’t involve literally standing in the rain to watch the rain water washing into your drains. A pro-active approach is the best, involving storm water quality improvement products and devices installed in your drain pits to stop water pollution at the source.
For the sake of site compliance, it is hugely important to have the right storm water protection product installed to mitigate risk of water pollution. Only rain water should enter the drains.
Even if you have an engineered system in place, consider the costs of cleaning that system out in the event of a spill or debris, as opposed to simple protection products in the drains, such as Drain Warden by Akuna Services.
But who looks after these devices and products once they are installed? Volunteers are hard to find. Can you identify the person on your site who inspects the storm water drains and manages that ongoing compliance?
How do you maintain the system? What frequency should you look in your drain pits? After every rain event? Every 3 months or so? Never?
Who knows when the next big rain event will hit? When it does, be ready. Engage Akuna Services to visit your site and inspect your storm water drains, install the right products and then maintain them going forward.
This small service can save you plenty in the long run.
Contact Akuna Services for a discussion.