Stormwater Detention Basin Sizing

by Kit R. Burton, (M.ASCE),

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 3, Pg. 437-439

Document Type: Journal Paper


Detention basins are commonly used to store runoff from the urban area so that the stored runoff can be released slowly, thus avoiding impact on existing drainage facilities. For a given watershed and pumping plant capacity, detention basin size is dependent on selection of the appropriate design storm. This paper presents a simple method for estimating the required size of the basin.

Subject Headings: Detention basins | Stormwater management | Retention basins | Runoff | Pumping stations | Drainage basins | Urban areas | Existing buildings

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