No one prefers a retention pond on their property, but sometimes they’re necessary. What should you do if you’re in the market for a new home and your potential new neighborhood has one of these lovable (NOT) features?
How do you evaluate if it will be an issue for you? What factors decide how big or small the pond should be, or if it’s even feasible to build one at all? Read on to find out as D&J Site Construction discusses retention pond design and construction ins and outs!
What is a Retention Pond?
A retention pond is a hole in the ground used to collect water for those who don’t know. The water can come from rainfall, runoff, or even irrigation. The pond is designed to hold the water for a while to slowly seep into the ground, recharge the groundwater, or be used for other purposes.
How Does a Retention Pond Work?
Infiltration Basin: There are a few different ways that a retention pond can be designed to work. The most common design is called an infiltration basin. This type of retention pond is usually shallow (between two and six feet deep) and has a large surface area. The water slowly seeps into the ground through the soil and underlying rocks.
Detention Basin: Another type of retention pond is called a detention basin. This basin is usually deeper (between six and twelve feet deep) and has a smaller surface area. The water is stored in the basin until it can be released slowly back into the environment, preventing flooding downstream.
Why Do You Want a Retention Pond?
There are many reasons why you might want to build a retention pond. Maybe you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, and you want to prevent flooding. Perhaps you want to recharge the groundwater in your area. Or maybe you think they’re aesthetically pleasing (we know we do).
What Are the Factors Affecting Retention Pond Design & Construction?
Many factors go into designing and constructing a retention pond, such as the area’s climate, topography, and soil type. The size of the pond will also be determined by the amount of rainfall and runoff in the area.
Climate: The climate of an area can determine the size of the retention pond. Suppose an area experiences a lot of rainfall. In that case, the retention pond will need to be more significant to accommodate all runoff.
Topography: The slope of the land will determine how quickly water will flow into the pond. If the ground is sloped, it is more likely that water will runoff speedily and fill up the pond soon.
Soil Type: Soil type can affect how well the retention pond holds water. If the soil is sandy, it may not hold as much water as clayey soil.
Size: The size of a retention pond is also determined by the amount of rainfall and runoff in an area. If there is a lot of rain, the retention pond will need to be more significant to accommodate all runoff.
Retention ponds are an essential part of stormwater management. The design and construction of these ponds need to be carefully considered. You must only trust a reputable and experienced contractor to handle this job.
If you’re serious about getting your project done right, please contact D&J Site Construction. We can help with everything from designing and constructing your retention pond to asphalt and concrete maintenance in Rio Grande Valley.
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