Solutions are available to help solve drainage issues in rural areas including:
- Removing standing water in your yard, driveway, or parking area
- Preventing erosion
- Dealing with minor flooding
- Redirecting water from your building foundations
Most of the options available for solving drainage problems in rural areas rely on infiltrating water into well-draining soils. If your groundwater is high and stormwater can’t infiltrate during the wet months, you may be able to safely convey water across your landscape with other techniques to a place where it can infiltrate.
Options to solve rural surface water problems
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Reduce flooding and erosion and assist in the removal of harmful contaminants from the stormwater.
- Rain gardens
- Bioretention systems
- Gravel infiltration trenches
- Dry wells
Move water safely from one place to another on your property to alleviate ponding and other problems.
- Bioinfiltration swales
- Drainage ditches
Spread and slow the flow of water to enhance infiltration into the ground.
- Downspout dispersion
- Sheet flow dispersion
- Concentrated flow dispersion
Filter and slow polluted stormwater in areas of high foot or light vehicle traffic using permeable pavements.
- Permeable pavers
- Gravel grids
- Porous asphalt
- Pervious concrete
For more information view the Fact Sheet: Options for Managing Surface Water Drainage.