Storm Water Analysis and Testing: What is it all about?

Blog | July 27th, 2018

Thanks to man’s impact, every rainstorm carries trace contaminants. Motes of dirt are common enough, but the evaporated atmospheric fluid (in its pre-downfall state) also contains manmade chemicals. What if those clouds are fat and dark? Then the rain is going to fall as a deluge. Instead of a light shower, this is a storm, and those trace chemicals are gaining strength. Quickly, send for a stormwater analysis service.

What is Stormwater Analysis? 

On the one hand, the test program analyses rainfall content in search of SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) and residual quantities of nitrogen oxides. Built-up areas discharge copious amounts of these chemicals, which then mix with atmospheric moisture. However, stormwater analysis and testing, although receptive to the threats of acid rain, tend to target other fields of downpour irregularity. Runoff, that’s the primary menace. Imagine the stormwater falling in great sheets, just like a jagged tear has formed in a massive airborne reservoir. The water scours the ground. It scoops up road oil and grease. Because of this phenomenon, the sites that process these runoff factors are required to have their runoff systems tested at least once a year.

Clearing the Analysis Hurdles 

Whether the facility is a car salvage yard or a metal smelting factory, it will impact the land and water table around its property line. Stormwater, at least in this case, is a material carrying medium, one that has the power to rapidly penetrate any property. Small pieces of floating debris are an obvious hazard here, but it’s the soluble and non-soluble materials that really concern an erstwhile environmental study. A salty compound, for example, is entirely visible when it’s dry, but those particles have a habit of dissolving into water. Therefore, with thoughts of a heavy deluge scooping up a properties dry or wet waste, localized stormwater analysis is a necessary action. In fact, stormwater compliance permits can’t be issued until this test program is properly initiated.

Tasked with this job, a support services agency gathers water samples from all system-impacting runoff points. Kits are sourced, samples collected, and qualified laboratories contacted. Then, after the samples are tested, the lab-issued report is studied by engineers and interpreted so that the tested land parcel (and its runoff structures) can be cleared for a compliance permit. In conclusion, there is room for a self-testing operation. There are kits and laboratory addresses to send the samples to when the procedures are at an end. However, runoff assessments are best addressed by professionals, by engineers who know where to collect the samples and know the best-equipped labs for the job.

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