Types of drainage - pros & cons (with independent cost comparison)
There are two main approaches to surface water drainage:
- Linear drainage
Simple one-way falls are required for linear drainage, enabling a continuous line of water capture which quickly and efficiently collects and transfers surface water off site.
- Grated pit and pipe drainage
Precise and exact grading is required to intercept surface water with the grated pit and pipe option. The pits are located at strategic areas on the pavement to collect the water which is removed from the site via a network of underground pipes.
A report was prepared by an independent quantity surveyor, Rider Levett Bucknall, to compare the installation costs of three alternative surface drainage methods for the carpark of the Aquatic Centre at Homebush, NSW.
The methods under investigation were
- Grated pit & pipe system – point drainage (Figure 1.) or
- Grated trench drains (Figure 2.), which can be further categorised into:
a. Cast in-situ trench drains
b. Precast modular trench drains (ACO Drain®)
Cost Comparison Results
- Cast in-situ trench drains $393,000
- Grated pit & pipe system $377,000 (4% cheaper than cast in-situ trench drains)
- ACO Drain® $340,000 (13% cheaper than cast in-situ trench drains)
The ACO Drain® option was determined to be cheaper than the cast in-situ trench drains and grated pit & pipe system.
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