What To Consider Before Installing A Stormwater Detention System In A New Property

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When purchasing a new property, there are many factors you need to consider – especially when installing a stormwater detention system. These factors can include what your responsibilities are regarding stormwater retention at the property, if there are any existing drainage issues, if the property falls under the BMO (Bushfire Management Overlay) and many more.

If you are moving into a new property and want to install a stormwater OSD (On-Site Detention) tank, then here are some important factors to consider:

Managing stormwater – who is responsible?

Before purchasing a new home, it is important to investigate if there are any potential drainage or flooding issues. These problems can be identified by having a professional building inspection or consulting with a hydraulic engineer. If a drainage problem is identified, it’s important to know who is responsible.

To make it simple; it is your responsibility to solve any drainage problems if they are solely on your property. However, check with your local council as council requirements can differ from one another. As a property owner, your responsibilities regarding stormwater management can include:

  • Resolving any drainage problems you inherit from the previous owner.
  • Seeking out flood risk information from your state or local government.
  • Resolving any drainage issues that are completely contained within your property.
  • Ensuring your water detention system is compliant with applicable regulations and building codes.

Will you require an OSD tank?

Apart from the benefits of an underground concrete water tank including water security and reduced water bills, you must also determine if your property will require an underground stormwater detention system. Although, many new properties are required to install an OSD tank on-site during development.

You can find out if your property falls within the BMO by creating a property report on the VicPlan website. You can also find out information about any potential risk of flood and storm damage by using the Australian Flood Risk Information Portal on the Geoscience Australia website. This will provide useful information such as flood maps, rainfall assessments and more.

Where can stormwater come from?

Stormwater is generated by rain runoff in common hard surface areas such as:

  • Driveways
  • Roads
  • Footpaths
  • Gardens
  • Gutters
  • Drainpipes
  • Roofs

Why are stormwater detention tanks necessary?

A stormwater detention tank is used for delaying the release of stormwater that is discharged from a commercial, industrial or a residential property. Unlike rainwater tanks which are designed to retain the captured water, OSD tanks are typically designed to slowly drain over a period between 24 to 36 hours.

Stormwater detention systems are important for issues such as reducing the risk of flooding problems and reducing the amount of erosion from polluted stormwater entering urban waterways.

If you find yourself needing to install a stormwater detention system at your new property, reach out to us at Versatile Tanks. Our quality range of underground tanks are manufactured using our own unique concrete mix, ensuring a strong and durable water tank that is designed to last.

Explore our website to learn more information or contact us by calling 1300 783 344 and discussing your needs today.