Catch basins are critical to any municipality’s storm water system. At Wind River Environmental, our Municipal Catch Basin Cleaning service employs a fleet of state-of-the-art jet-vac combo trucks designed specifically for catch basin cleaning. Through a combination of high-pressure water jetting and industrial strength vacuums, our crews break up and wash all material out of a catch basin to allow more material to build up in the basin. During the service, we’ll inspect the catch basin, replace the cover making sure it fits properly and is in good condition, and report any defects to the cover or the basin.
Storm water system catch basins, also known as storm drains or curb inlets, are openings for storm and rainwater to drain systems that catch debris and sediments through a grate or sump. Unlike water that goes down the drains of homes or commercial buildings, the water in catch basins does not undergo a filtration process before reaching local lakes, streams or the ocean. If a catch basin gets clogged with sticks, trash and whatever might be floating down the street or across a parking lot, the drainage system is compromised, creating problems for municipalities, towns and cities.
Municipal Catch Basin Best Practices
For proper drainage, municipal storm water system catch basins need to be emptied and cleaned regularly. While situations vary, we recommend municipal catch basins and storm drains be cleaned at least once per year. Of course, areas with above-average debris accumulation might need more frequent cleaning. In northern climates, it’s best to do so before winter so that ice isn’t a problem.
Wind River Environmental will design a catch basin cleaning program customized for your municipality, town or city’s storm water system that ensures regular catch basin and storm drain cleaning, as well as response to emergencies due to a weather event or other unforeseen situation that causes clogged catch basins.