The expert drainage franchise recently posted a blog to the Metro Rod website exploring this form of sustainable urban drainage, also known as an attenuation pond.
According to Metro Rod, balancing ponds/attenuation ponds are “commonly found around new construction projects, such as residential and commercial property developments”. Balancing ponds “collect surface water and slowly release it into the drainage system or surrounding ground”.
Put simply: When the weather is wet and rainy for a long period of time, drainage systems on new construction projects can become overwhelmed. Balancing ponds control the amount of excess water entering the system, preventing this and acting as a buffer. This makes balancing ponds “a vital flood prevention method”, and means that cleaning and maintaining them “to ensure they remain in optimal condition” is essential.
In the words of the drainage franchise, “If debris or silt is allowed to build within a balancing pond, the overall water capacity it can hold will diminish. If this happens, there’s an ever-increasing risk of flooding as the excess water will overflow and be unable to drain away correctly.” But what does maintenance look like for a balancing pond? Metro Rod has the answer.
Throughout the year, routine maintenance visits will be needed “to remove any debris, silt, or excessive plant growth from the pond”. These visits should be backed up by “an annual or bi-annual inspection to check for any wear and tear and ensure they are working to the best of their ability”.
If the pond contains too much debris and silt, desilting processes can be completed via the use of “high-pressure drain jets” and “manual or vacuum excavators” for transportation. Find out more about Metro Rod (and a potential franchise investment with this expert franchise) via its profile page, linked above.
Cara Squires, Point Franchise ©