The Dos and Don’ts of Dealing with Water Drainage
We often receive calls regarding the best practices of water drainage. (“Water” is in our name, after all!)
Below are water drainage “rules of thumb” that we at Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District often recommend to folks. Some information is found in more detail in the resource sections of our website at www.fairfieldswcd.org.
Streambanks and Ditches
Water Patterns and Waterways
Watch a grassed waterway in action! The timber drop structure at the bottom of the waterway helps to control flow and prevent erosion.
Aerials can be very revealing! The aerial on the left clearly shows systematic tile in a field. The aerial on the right was taken a few years later after the western portion of the property had been sold as a house lot.
As you can see, tile lines were cut when the house was built. Unfortunately, the tiles weren’t appropriately rerouted during construction. This resulted in a very wet basement (see below) and had to be addressed.