Maintenance of Stormwater Management Facilities: Neglects in Practice

by Hormoz Pazwash, Boswell Engineering, Hackensack, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The Stormwater Management Facilities (SWMF) have become a required component of urban development projects in many parts of the country. In spite of differences in size, type, and physical features, all Stormwater Management Facilities require proper maintenance in order to function effectively. Experience has shown that a great majority of SWMFS suffer from inadequate maintenance. Problems are partly associated to neglects in design that a facility must be easily accessible and maintainable. But to a larger extent, they are due to a general negligence in maintaining a facility once constructed. This paper discusses common problems with maintenance of Stormwater Management Facilities and means and ways of improving the current practices.

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Maintenance and operation | Facility management | Urban and regional development | Runoff | Recharge basins | Rainfall-runoff relationships

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