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How To Deal With Drainage

Is a drainage swale your solution to rain run-off and problems related to poor drainage? The typical solution to rain is to get rid of rainwater as quickly as possible, ushering it into gutters and drainage systems, which often lead to a plethora of contaminants, including sewage getting into fresh water sources. Afterwards, when there’s a dry spell for a few days, the sprinklers come out. Instead, swales stop the deluge and allow the water to slowly, passively enter the soil and keep stuff working, preventing overfilling drainage systems.

 So, with such an endorsement, surely everyone is salivating at having a drainage swale of their very own, even those who still aren’t quite certain what a swale is. Well, if that’s the case, hang on for another paragraph or few, and let’s get to it.

The basic concept of a drainage swale on contour is to catch water as it drains and hold it in place until it absorbs into the ground. Other swales systems, also known as diversion ditches or soil conservation swales, are meant slow down the movement of water in order to allow it to partially absorb, catch sediment, and/or prevent erosion while slowly ushering it elsewhere, like a reservoir. However, a swale on contour aims to keep all the water in place until it is absorbed.

 Please contact us at Waterwise Landscape Design to learn more about how you can manage run-off and other water management issues.