Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Stratford Hills Doing Its Part

This may look like a beautiful pond in the country, but it's actually a stormwater retention basin right in the middle of a busy shopping center at the Shoppes at Stratford Hills at the intersection of Forest Hill Avenue and Chippenham Parkway. The basin not only collects stormwater runoff from the surrounding parking lots, but treats and stores it, as well. The basin works by containing the water in the basin, and not allowing it to run into nearby streams, creeks, and other tributaries. Sediment in the water settles to the bottom and the clear water goes to the top.

Retention basins are among the most common stormwater treatment methods used today and are designed to blend into neighborhoods and commercial areas. Photo: DPU Communications

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Help Stop Basin Lid Thefts

The city of Richmond is losing up to $1,000 a day from the theft of metal stormwater inlet basin tops. The thefts are becoming a safety hazard as well.

On Friday, Oct. 1, 16 tops were stolen from Castlewood Road on the Southside. Police were able to recover some of the tops from Smith Iron and Metal Company on Bells Road. A suspect was arrested as a result.

Missing basin tops are continually being reported. This is developing into an expensive problem for the city, with the hardest hit areas on the Southside and Church Hill. On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the Department of Public Utilities received notice of five more missing tops.

If you see a missing basin top, call the Department of Public Utilities at 646-7000, Howard Glenn at 646-1920 or Darryl Rivers at 646-5541 and leave a message with the location of the open basin. If you observe any suspicious activity around a stormwater basin, call the police at 646-5100, or 9-1-1 if the theft is in progress.

Some of the missing basin tops on Castlewood Road

Recovering some of the missing basin lids from a metal salvage.