The term ADA compliant trench drain is utilized quite often but few fully understand this term or really know what it means.
ADA is an acronym for “Americans with Disabilities Act”. This is a government agency that protects the civil rights of people with disabilities. The agency writes policies and regulations to ensure that people with disabilities have access to businesses and services just like any other person. The ADA has made some requirements that apply to trench drains.
There are two issues that must be considered when designing a trench drain in a public space that must be ADA compliant. The first is the grate opening size and orientation. The second is the slope of the area around the trench drain.