When we build or introduce new surfaces to an existing landscape, it’s important to consider the natural flow of water in that area may be disrupted. Adding impervious surfaces like roofs and residential driveways increases the amount of stormwater runoff, which collects particles of oil, dust, and other pollutants as it travels over the surface of the ground.
This results in an excess of stormwater runoff, which left untreated will travel through drains and gutters until finally depositing into lakes, streams, and the ocean. Negative consequences of this include the following:
- Pollutants are carried into the oceans and our waterways where they can affect wildlife and water quality
- Debris carried in stormwater can clog our storm drains and cause residential flooding
- Increased volumes of stormwater can erode streambanks and hillsides
- Contaminated water can lead to beach and lake closures
To avoid these adverse impacts to our property and the environment, federal, state, and local laws and regulations require that stormwater be managed by residential homeowners and property managers.
At NDS, our advancements in stormwater management provide architects, contractors, and homeowners with simple-to-install alternatives to capture stormwater and divert the contaminants that would otherwise enter lakes and streams. With a range of system components to collect stormwater and then disperse it back into the subsurface where it can filter naturally through the soil, NDS offers modifiable stormwater management systems to meet local regulations and protect the property of homeowners, all while helping maintain a cleaner environment and water table.
Components of our residential stormwater systems include channels for hardscapes, catch basins and grates for downspouts and low spots in the landscape, Flo-Wells and EZflow for subsurface drainage, and pop-up emitters to discharge excess water as mandated by local regulations.
This residency flooded as a result of excess stormwater runoff, causing damage to the property and a deterioration of the landscape.
Installation of a channel drain as part of a stormwater management system prevents damage to the house and landscape from excess water.
Permeable pavers like NDS Tufftrack are used as part of a residential stormwater system, allowing a permeable grass surface to be installed where an impervious hardscape was prior.
Gravel pavers from NDS can help better manage and control surface water runoff in addition to providing enhanced visual appeal.