storm drain cleaning Articles

  • Unique sponge system contains water contaminants in storm drains

    Untitled Document SmartSponge technology captures oil and hydrocarbons from stormwater runoff, preventing its discharge into receiving waters. Water quality is being ...


    By Baum Publications Ltd.

  • Compost in the mix for storm water management

    Bioretention areas, also known as rain gardens, are increasingly being used to capture and treat storm water runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks and parking lots. These landscaped areas often feature native plants installed in an engineered soil mixture that includes compost. “Bioretention areas or rain gardens are an attractive storm water Best Management Practice (BMP) ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Building soils for storm water compliance and successful landscapes

    THE SOILS for Salmon project - initiated in 1999 by the Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC) - has been building momentum through collaboration with the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), regulators at the state Department of Ecology, local governments, scientists, and green leaders in the building, landscape and development industries. Over the years, the Soils for Salmon ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Safe Drain® Saves My Facility From Accidental Spill

    "I am writing to thank-you for a great product. This morning we had a 25 gallon diesel spill near our Vehicle Service Area. The spill was a fluke - from the tank of a truck that was parked on a gradient - left without a gas cap. Diesel poured out of the truck onto the asphalt - directly into a newly installed Spill Safe Drain that was closed tightly. All of the spilled product was recovered, ...

  • Implementing SPCC Requirements and Storm Water BMPS at a Large Industrial Facility

    ABSTRACTRecently, much attention has been focused on storm water pollution prevention and spill management. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Final Rule for Oil Pollution Prevention (40 CFR Part 112) on July 17, 2002, making major changes to the original rule issued in 1973. Facilities subject to this regulation must amend their Spill Prevention, Control, and ...

  • Model 8 oil grabber® removes small amounts of oil from plant drain water

    Problem: Worldwide, Reichhold Chemical Corp. produces some 5600 products. At St. Helens, Ore., they produce three -urea, ammonium nitrate and ammonia. Plant drain water is discharged into the Columbia River, and although oily residues are minuscule because of a concerted program to keep oil off the floors, some is present - drippage from ammonia compressors, vehicles and machine maintenance ...


    By Abanaki Corporation

  • How do you clean a stormwater management pond?

    How do you clean a stormwater management pond (SMWP) without draining the pond first? A clean-out of the SWMP is required once every 5-15 years to remove accumulated sediments to ensure the pond continues to function as intended. Drainage of the SWMP is not always required to facilitate the clean-out. By combining the pumping and excavation into one process! New pumping technology - Dragflow ...


    By Aquatech Dewatering Company

  • Geotextile Gravel Pavers keep lake clean in Denver - Case Study

    Denver’s City Park is an iconic symbol of the Mile High City. The oft-photographed park is home to the city’s zoo and the Denver Nature and Science Museum, as well as sports and recreational areas. In 2014, the asphalt parking lot for the Denver Pavilion inside the park was scheduled to be resurfaced. The city, with the help of StudioCPG, a landscape architecture and planning firm, ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • How To Avoid Penalties For Not Containing Spills

    "Chemical spills can cost your company millions of dollars not to mention the bad publicity that results from suffering a spill. Every business wants to avoid the possibility of an uncontained hazardous material spill if at all possible. To do this you need a spill containment system designed for the type of hazardous materials that your handle. Safe Drain ...

  • A little insurance with a big payback

    A supermarket owned by a prominent West Coast chain had been under threat of being cited by local authorities to the proximity of one of their storm drains to the store’s garbage compactor. The drain needed to be protected from both the threat of the miscellaneous fluids which emanated from the compactor as well as from the potential for a hydraulic fluid leak. A Safe Drain was installed as ...

  • Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP)

    Storm water is the result of rain or snow melt that collects in an area that can drain from into a nearby body of waters such as a lake or river. The water can collect on roof tops, parking lots, saturated ground, roads, etc. The problem is that many of the pollutants of our modern living such as oil, grease, pesticides, sediment, salt, and animal waste are washed away within the storm water and ...

  • Stormwater and Spill Management at an Iron Pipe Foundry in Texas

    ABSTRACTLarge industrial sites have had permits for storm water discharges under the NPDES program of the Clean Water Act since the mid to late 80’s. Recent emphasis has been placed on regulated facilities to prepare and implement Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans under the Oil Pollution Prevention Act (40 CFR 112). A large iron pipe foundry in Texas has several storm ...

  • University of Washington portal

    Active Treatment and Wheel Wash Water Treatment In late 2008 construction began on the 3-year Seattle Light Rail University of Washington link connecting the university with downtown Seattle. Because this site drains to Lake Washington and the Montlake Cut the City of Seattle has put extra emphasis on protecting surface water from contaminated stormwater runoff. In fact, the city routinely ...


    By Dungeness Environmental

  • Stormwater: Questions and Answers

    The whole subject of Stormwater is complicated. Here's a chance for you to check out some of the most frequently asked questions about stormwater . . . and their answers. What is an NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit? The Clean Water Act prohibits anybody from discharging 'pollutants' through a 'point source' into a 'water of the United States' unless they ...


    By Ben Meadows

  • How Much Could You Save by Avoiding a Consent Decree?

    In 2012, St. Louis, MO (Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District) set a record for the most expensive sewer consent decree in history at $4.7 BILLION to be spent over the next 23 years. The cause of this consent decree and the cause of most consent decrees are overflow events that allow untreated waste into the nearby lakes, streams, river, or other nature areas. There are typically two types of ...


    By EnTech Engineering, Inc

  • Management and risk assessment of a chemical spill: engineering facility

    Project: Management and Risk Assessment of a Cleaning Effluent Spill  Client: Confidential Services: Spill response, environmental sampling, risk assessment, regulator liaison Summary: Proportionate risk assessment and pollution management to safeguard local surface waters and satisfy regulator requirements ...

  • Investigation and risk assessment of a diesel leak: confidential

    Project: Emergency Investigation of a Fuel Leak Client: Confidential infrastructure management company Services: Rapid site characterisation and risk assessment Summary: Detailed risk assessment was used to quantify the environment risks pose by a fuel leak and avoid unnecessary remediation ESI was commissioned to ...

  • Using a Self Bailer on Containment Sumps to Filter Hydrocarbons

    How do you eliminate problems associated with the collection of rainwater in outdoor containment systems and maintain compliance with EPA and Clean Water Act regulations?  Since most outdoor oil storage tank sumps and oil drum spill pallets will inevitably be exposed to local precipitation and storm water runoff from nearby catchment surfaces, it is necessary to make sure you ...


    By Interstate Products Inc

  • July is Lake & Reservoir Awareness Month!

    Lakes and reservoirs cover over 40 million acres of the United States. Lakes and reservoirs also play other vital and often hidden, roles. They provide drinking water and irrigation water for agricultural fields and many times a source of electricity and power generation. They also serve an important function of absorbing rainfall and runoff from land, help to prevent floods, and provide ...

  • Does Your Mobile Car Wash Equipment Have the Right Flow?

    When looking for the right kind of mobile car wash equipment, most people look for units that are effective and convenient. Mobile units can make it easy to navigate around different-sized vehicles as well as clean those hard-to-reach areas. When you need to take the detailing job to a client’s residence, a mobile unit is a practical option. Naturally, optimum cleaning efficiency is also a ...


    By Daimer Industries Inc.

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