Fitesa, a non-wovens manufacturer in the state of Washington consistently tests stormwater but experienced problems meeting the stormwater standards for zinc and copper discharge. Zinc is used in galvanized metal, shingles, finishes in paints, and car tires—zinc iseverywhere. Copper is used in items such as in brake linings and pressure treated lumber. At sites near heavily traveled roads, zinc, copper and lead get passed into the air and deposit on roofs and other surfaces. During the next rain event, pollutants that comprise the environmental deposition become a component of the site’s stormwater runoff. this study shows how MetalZorb from CleanWay Environmental Partners succeeded in helping this site achieve compliance with stringent regulations of the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE).
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Productivity Gains in Stormwater Design
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Stormwater Management Improvements Spurred by Low Impact Development Techniques
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Experimental study of hydraulics and sediment capture efficiency in catchbasins
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Hirschthal, Switzerland protected with WaStop DN1200 - Case Study
Location: Hirschthal, Switzerland Problem: During times of high river levels, flooding occurred in the town of Hirschthal. This flooding occurred when the river level was higher than the stormwater outfall. This lead to river water pushing back up the outfall pipe, and spilling onto roads and residential areas. Solution: A DN1200 (NPS 48″) WaStop inline check valve was installed inside the stormwater outfall to allow stormwater to flow into the river but to prevent any backflow from flowing back up the...