News Article

08/02/2017

The importance of storm water drainage for airports

During the past several years there has been a lot of construction at U.S. airports. As usual, everyone is thrilled when they see above-ground improvements, but what they don’t appreciate is how important the underground infrastructure is to the airport. This article covers the way in which some U.S. airports are handling their storm water drainage.

In the case of any work at any airport, safety is the underlying goal, closely followed by that of speed. Any project involved in the field itself must meet those two requirements. However, handling pipes for a storm water system as large as 1,524mm (60 inches) in diameter can be a problem for both speed and safety. Traditional 1,220mm (48 inches) diameter reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) is generally 2.44m (8ft) long and can weigh up to four metric tonnes (9,000 pounds).

The importance of storm water drainage for airports