Summary of the National ASCE Task Committee on Costs-Benefits of Various Design Frequencies for Urban Drainage Systems and Flood Control

by Jerry R. Rogers, Univ of Houston, Houston, United States,
Charles H. Call, Jr., Univ of Houston, Houston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


The National ASCE Task Committee on: 'COSTS-BENEFITS OF VARIOUS DESIGN FREQUENCIES FOR URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND FLOOD CONTROL' recommends that public officials check into the costs versus benefits of establishing frequencies of protection for various urban drainage systems and flood control. Inadequate drainage protection, property costs, clean-up costs, direct and indirect costs of travel delays, legal fees, and other cost items should be considered. Total costs should be computed for construction costs and total damage costs for each possible drainage design frequency.

Subject Headings: Drainage systems | Control systems | Hydraulic design | Flood frequency | Urban areas | Construction costs | Legal affairs | Local government

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