Subject to where you are from, different countries have different terms for "storm drain".
Accordingly to Wikipedia, a storm drain is basically a tunnel that carry drain covers outdoor runoffs (rain) from urban areas. For a layman, it helps to think along the line of sewage system that operates beneath our cities.
In america, this is actually commonly known as "storm drain" or "storm sewer".
In the united kingdom, this is popularly known as "surface water drain" or "surface water sewer".
In Australia and New Zealand, it is also known as "stormwater drain".
And floor grate cover there you have it, the very next time you hear someone mentioning "storm drain", "storm sewer", "surface water drain","surface water sewer" and "stormwater drain", congratulations, you know they refer to the same thing.
Functions of storm drain include draining excess water (rain or storm tree grill water) and ground water from pavement, streets and carparks into rivers and streams to avoid flooding.
Although storm drains do a amazing job of draining excess water from the urban areas, the inlets are essentially openings where left uncovered can pose a hazard to pedestrians. Left uncovered, rubbish will get into the storm drains and cause choking which may eventually end up with flooding.
To make sure storm drains serve their purposes while minimizing the potential risks posed to pedestrians and to prevent choking of the drains, drain covers (gratings) are used to cover the inlets (openings) of the storm drains to accomplish the two purposes.
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What is a channel drain?
A channel drain is largely exactly the same thing like a trench drain. In fact, there are several names including line drain, slot drain, linear drain or strip drain which all refer to exactly the same object.
A channel drain (trench drain) is a kind of floor drain which has a channel shaped body characterized by its long length floor grate cover and narrow width.
Channel drains (trench drains) are commonly mistaken for french drains. It is advisable to note that french drains are not the same as channel or trench drains.
With any type of drains, channel drains (trench drains) too require a cover to serve as a safety precaution and also to prevent large objects from entering the drains which cause choking.
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