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Stormwater Management

Stormwater management can be a huge business opportunity for landscape contractors. Find out how you can capitalize on this overlooked service.

May 15, 2024

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Contractors who work on commercial properties know that stormwater regulations have been a part of the conversation for decades, due to various pollutants that are commonly associated with construction sites. According to the EPA, such pollutants include things like sediment, solid and sanitary wastes, pesticides to name a few.

Contractors working in the residential space must consider drainage as it becomes a higher priority for local communities and homeowners.

Industry experts estimate that 97% of all existing homes have a recognizable stormwater management issue but only 30% of those issues are addressed. Stormwater management services offer an opportunity for landscape contractors to enter the drainage market.

Getting into the business isn't difficult; however, it's important to be knowledgeable. Many homeowners start stormwater drainage projects, but most aren't completed for three reasons:

  1. The problem is perceived as solved because it stops raining.
  2. The homeowner is unsure if the proposed solution will rectify the issue.
  3. The homeowner thinks the cost is too high.

Here's what you need to know to begin offering stormwater management services and address this significant customer need. Learn more about common issues and solutions here: Introduction to Stormwater Management and Drainage (

Understand What Projects Create a Stormwater Management Need: 

Typically, any project that increases the impervious area of a landscape could trigger local stormwater management regulations. Know that any project that changes the landscape could also alter the existing water flow and create an opportunity for water management work. For ponding and erosion solutions, learn more here.

Know the Local Regulations

There are currently no federal regulations on residential stormwater management. Most, if not all, regulations exist at the local level. Check with your local issuing authority to ask about regulations regarding permeability and runoff water.

Gain Knowledge

NDS, a leading supplier of drainage solutions, offers an excellent video series on water management and that's a great place to start. Once you have a basic understanding SiteOne offers drainage courses as part of SiteOne University available through local SiteOne stores. To learn how to expand your business with drainage, visit this section of our site to watch educational videos.

Prepare for the Busy Season

The busiest season for stormwater management aligns with a region's rainy season or spring thaw. This will vary depending on your area of the country. Contractors should consider adding water management to all their projects to eliminate unanticipated problems caused by improvements in the landscape. Stock up on supplies to ensure inventory and beat demand on products like the NDS Downspout Defender grate or pop-up emitters

Gear Up
One of the best parts about stormwater management services is that special tools aren't required. Most contractors who work in hardscaping and landscaping already have what they need. Of course, excavators and trenching machines can speed up larger jobs, but this equipment can be rented at a reasonable cost. To learn more about runoff tools, read this corresponding article

To learn more about offering stormwater management services next season contact your local SiteOne representative or find your local SiteOne store using our location finder.

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