Greater Greater Washington

Sustainability


DC USA's idea of drainage

I don't think "the sidewalk" is an acceptable answer for "where should we put the stormwater runoff".


The sidewalk outside DC USA.
David Alpert is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Greater Greater Washington and Greater Greater Education. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He loves the area which is, in many ways, greater than those others, and wants to see it become even greater. 

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Yeah, that's not exactly the best design.

Then again, the last time I was up at DC USA, it was pouring. The water was coming off those downspouts like they were fire hydrants. At the same time, however, it was raining inside Marshalls. I think there are still a few leaks to be sealed.

by Alex B. on Jun 30, 2008 1:29 pm • linkreport

Yah, I've written about these kinds of problems b4. I don't understand why a site isn't allowed to put its downspout into piping that goes under the sidewalk and outputs into the gutter (or into the stormwater system).

In areas where buildings can be significantly higher than the grade/sidewalk, this creates real problems especially in winter, when water dumped on the sidewalk freezes into ice. This is a problem on parts of Rhode Island Ave. in NE, among other areas.

by Richard Layman on Jun 30, 2008 2:21 pm • linkreport

It could be the storm overflow drain from the roof due to extra heavy rain...most roofs have one regular drain (which goes under the sidewalk and into the stormwater system directly) and an overflow which often drains to grade.

Might not be as bad as you think...

by SteveK_Fairfax on Jun 30, 2008 5:32 pm • linkreport

When I was last there in early June, a sudden storm caused water to shoot out of one of the drains in the plaza between the current site and the "under-construction" site. It looked like a fountain ... But I don't think this was intended to be a fountain. It's starting to look like they've got some drainage problems there.

by Lance on Jun 30, 2008 6:21 pm • linkreport

As a resident of the neighbourhood, I can say those pipes are gushing out water anytime it rains and usually for quite a while after the storm passes. The picture doesn't even do it justice. It's been a good 2 inches deep at times. I'd never realized it was the storm water though. I thought it was a hydrant or something given how much water gushes out of it.

by Aimee on Jul 1, 2008 4:05 pm • linkreport

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