stormwater Articles

  • Stormwater

    Stormwater is a term used to describe water that originates during precipitation events. It may also be used to apply to water that originates with snowmelt or runoff water from overwatering that enters the stormwater system. Stormwater that does not soak into the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Stormwater Treatment: Priority pollutant behaviour in stormwater BMPs

    The term Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) (also known as sustainable urban drainage systems; SUDS) refers to a wide range of stormwater control systems which enable the planning, design and management of stormwater to be tackled equally from water quantity, water quality and amenity perspectives (). Commonly used systems include: Storage systems (e.g. retention ponds and constructed ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Paving Success with Stormwater

    Chuck Taylor lives for rain. Sure, he’s heard the comments about not having enough sense about his habit of standing outside during a downpour. His preference for rain isn’t that this contractor enjoys the smell of wet clothing. Taylor’s fascination with inclement weather comes from the satisfaction while seeing his company’s workmanship ...

  • Seattle Stormwater Management

    Since the 1990s the city of Seattle – a major coastal seaport in the North West of the U.S. – has invested heavily in cleaning up and reducing severe pollution of the water environment. Some of the ideas to help prevent water pollution can be of great inspiration to cities in Europe. Read more ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Capturing the Potential of Stormwater

    Management of the urban water cycle in Australia has changed significantly over the past few decades. Stormwater management philosophy has evolved from the conventional, but still important, flood mitigation paradigm, to the current runoff quality control approach. It is now progressing towards the harvesting and reuse concept whilst retaining the previous two targets. iven the current interest ...


    By IVWater

  • The urban stormwater farm

    Currently more than 3 billion people live in urban areas. The urban population is predicted to increase by a further 3 billion by 2,050. Rising oil prices, unreliable rainfall and natural disasters have all contributed to a rise in global food prices. Food security is becoming an increasingly important issue for many nations. There is also a growing awareness of both ‘food miles’ and ‘virtual ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Reusing Greywater and Stormwater in California

    Raphael Garcia, an associate at Rana Creek, discussed the idea of reusing your greywater for your landscaping needs, saving money and helping the planet. The first ever TEDxMonterey took place on April 16th, 2010 and enjoyed participation from over 400 people both in person and online. Community leaders and innovators all assembled at the Monterey Institute of International Studies around the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Warning! Beware stormwater product

    Warning! Beware of a storm water insert sold under the trade mark "Safe Drain".  This product holds water in the open position.  Standing water can present both odor and health issues.  In 2004, Cameron M. Colson patented a leading storm water drain insert that utilized a butterfly valve mounted inside the storm water insert that aided in spill control.  This Design was ...

  • Stormwater Management for Urban Environments

    IntroductionElmhurst College, a hundred-thirty-five year old private learning institution, is proceeding with a campus redevelopment project that will include a one hundred seventy bed residence hall. In addition, the college continues to be a role model for sustainable site design and an educational resource for both students and the community.The need for additional housing, due to ...


    By Advanced Pavement Technology

  • 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

  • Productivity Gains in Stormwater Design

    For some engineering consultants, traditional stormwater pond design can be one of the most frequent projects within their services portfolio. An engineer with prior experience can size and produce plans with assistance from modeling software, AutoCAD, and supporting tools with relative ease. But even very routine projects can benefit from modeling software improvements. McBade Engineers and ...


    By XP Solutions

  • A Review on Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse

    Abstract - Australia is a country of some 7,700 million square kilometers with a population of about 22.6 million. At present water security is a major challenge for Australia. In some areas the use of water resources is approaching and in some parts it is exceeding the limits of sustainability. A focal point of proposed national water conservation programs is the recycling of both urban ...


    By XP Solutions

  • Evaluation of stormwater BMPs for implementing industrial stormwater permitting strategy

    This study assesses the performance of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) in industrial sectors and their effluent quality to facilitate the development of technology-based numerical effluent criteria. Generally, retention ponds outperform other BMP types for reducing total suspended solids, and media filter and wetland basins outperform other BMPs for metal removal. Detention basins ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • An exploratory study of the effects of stormwater pipeline materials on transported stormwater quality

    Implications of three sewer pipe materials (concrete, galvanized corrugated steel, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)) for stormwater quality were explored in laboratory experiments, in which three types of stormwater, SW1–SW3, were circulated in 0.5 m long sewer pipe sections. SW1 and SW2 represented synthetic rainwater, without and with fine street sediment added (CTSS = 150 mg/L), respectively, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Don’t Forget about Stormwater Management

    Whether you’re an industrial maintenance manager or retail store manager, one of your many responsibilities may be to keep your property compliant with environmental rules and regulations. From waste management to vapor intrusion, the multitude of compliance-related issues can be daunting.It therefore comes as no surprise that for most retailers, the issue of stormwater management has not always ...

  • Experience with Local Stormwater Management Programs

     ABSTRACT Local stormwater management programs have traditionally been operated and funded as a function of general government. Increasing requirements to deal with wet weather water quality problems and the devastating impact of flooding have led to increased efforts to expand organizational responsibilities and the need for new and dedicated funding. To provide a cross section of ...

  • Stormwater Solids Reduction for NPDES Permits

    Finally obtaining a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit is often a relief but is by far not the end of the story. Meeting the requirements of that permit often proves to be quite difficult and stiff fines are freely doled out to those who fail to meet regulatory limits. For one Midwest jet propulsion manufacturing facility, the issue of total daily solids discharge ...

  • Maintenance of a Rainstore3 Stormwater Storage Chamber

    Invisible Structures, Inc. recommends that stormwater be pretreated prior to discharging into the chambers to avoid foreign matter accumlation inside the chamber. This can be accomplished by a variety of techniques or products. Some examples are: Short Term Storage (Detention Basin) “Zero” maintenance – the Preferred Method: Use a ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Mixers and Flowmakers: Cleaning of stormwater tank

    Deposits in an 18 m diameter stormwater tank made it necessary to clean the tank several times a year. A POD-I mixer was installed. The mixer has an 11.0 kW motor and the number of propeller revolutions is 1500. The relatively small propeller creates a strong, concentrated jet. Operation can take place at a very low liquid level - high velocities are created at the bottom -and the deposits ...


    By Landia

  • Stormwater and lamella settlers: efficiency and reality

    ABSTRACTTwo settling devices treating rainwater from urban drainage areas and equipped with secondary sludge treatment were monitored over a period exceeding one year. The two devices differ in their design and in the quantity and quality of effluents received. Full analyses over approximately 30 mean samples of the intake and discharge effluents allowed judgment of the mean efficiency of ...


    By IWA Publishing

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