Storm Drains Articles

  • System 15® Scores at BMO Field Case Study

    In 2016, the nine-year old BMO Field in Toronto, home of the Toronto FC, also became home to the Toronto Argonauts, and a $120 million investment to expand seating began. As tough as Argo fans are, it was decided to add two large steel canopies above the bleachers to protect them from the rain and snow that are ...


    By IPEX, Inc.

  • Corrosion-Resistant PVC Sends Metal Pipe Down the Drain Case Study

    Drain, Waste and Vent (DWV) systems are necessary in every building for removing sewage and storm water from a variety of fixtures and regulating air pressure to facilitate flow. Pipes used in traditional DWV systems for commercial buildings due to code restrictions have long been made of copper and heavy cast iron. However, performance has often been an ...


    By IPEX, Inc.

  • Should I Sweep My Parking Lot When It Rains?

    Rain can put a damper on many of your activities. But during the rainy season, a lot of people make the mistake of canceling their regular sweeping services, and this does more harm than good, not only for your parking lot but also the environment. ...


    By Schwarze Industries, Inc.

  • April Q&A: on the road with Randy Reimer

    Welcome to On the Road with Randy Reimer, a Q&A series featuring Hamilton Kent’s Director of Sales. Each month we’ll chat with Randy about current news in underground infrastructure and how it affects our customers in the industry. From big cities to small ...


    By Hamilton Kent

  • Reuse turns stormwater runoff from a problem to an asset

    With so much concern about water scarcity around the world, it seems a no-brainer that rain is a good thing. But nothing’s perfect. Even something as beneficial as precipitation can have its downsides. One problem, of course, is flooding. Another problem you may not have thought of comes with stormwater runoff in urban settings. What’s the problem? In cities, buildings and pavement ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Taking advantage of stormwater, a plentiful, free resource

    As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. Rain and snow and other types of precipitation are a resource more organizations would be wise to take advantage of as water scarcity increases around the globe. Stormwater, precipitation that isn’t absorbed into the ground, is a freely available resource, but is there enough of it to make a difference? The amount of runoff varies from storm ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Master Plan of Drainage for Redlands - Using advanced storm drain modeling techniques to identify historical flooding issues - Case Study

    The city of Redlands, California, has a long history of flooding during moderate to severe storm events. The historic downtown area resides just downstream of the confluence of four major tributaries. The four tributaries run into a single storm drain under Redlands Boulevard, which routes flows through the downtown. The existing capacity of the current facility is approximately 2,000 cu ft per ...


    By Innovyze

  • How do You Know When You Need Commercial Plumbers

    In your day-to-day routine, either at home or at your business, the plumbing doesn’t get much attention. That is, until it starts showing warning signs of problems via sinks, tubs, and shower stalls not draining, toilets not flushing, or sewage backing up into your basement. It’s true you can buy drain openers and cleaners in the hardware store or even in the grocery store, but these ...


    By Tric Tools, Inc.

  • Erosion and Sediment Control: Navigating NPDES Regulations, the SWPPP, and Techniques for Compliance

    Erosion and Sedimentation: Why Are They a Problem? The US Environmental Protection Agency lists sediment as the single most common pollutant in rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. With all the potentially harmful chemicals and substances in the world, it seems odd to many people that sediment—dirt, essentially—is singled out as the major culprit. Yet these particles of ...


    By FINN Corporation

  • Experimental study of hydraulics and sediment capture efficiency in catchbasins

    Catchbasins (also known as gully pot in the UK and Australia) are used to receive surface runoff and drain the stormwater into storm sewers. The recent interest in catchbasins is to improve their effectiveness in removing sediments in stormwater. An experimental study was conducted to examine the hydraulic features and sediment capture efficiency in catchbasins, with and without a bottom sump. ...


    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 ...

  • Oil Water Separator Maintenance

    Oil water separators (OWS) can be co$tly to maintain, $20,000 or more on average per cleaning and if not properly managed, can be very expensive conduits of pollution. Have you taken steps to minimize the effects and consequences on your operating co$t? When was your facility’s last OWS maintenance ...

  • Monitoring fuels in Stormwater - Case study

    The Situation A major pipeline company has large storage tank farms throughout the Western States. The pipeline company transports, stores, blends additives, and distributes gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel to retail service stations and airports. Due to the quantity and movement of fuel at these facilities, there is always the potential for fuel spills. These facilities prevent out of ...

  • 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 ...

  • Integrated conceptual modelling of faecal contamination in an urban estuary catchment

    Urban stormwater is regarded as a key input of faecal contamination in receiving water bodies and therefore, a major concern for health risks associated with aquatic recreation. Wastewater leakages, cross connections and overflows, together with faeces washed from surfaces during rainfall events, are possible origins of faecal contamination which enter these water bodies through stormwater ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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 ...

  • Modeling of coastal water contamination in Fortaleza (Northeastern Brazil)

    An important tool in environmental management projects and studies due to the complexity of environmental systems, environmental modeling makes it possible to integrate many variables and processes, thereby providing a dynamic view of systems. In this study the bacteriological quality of the coastal waters of Fortaleza (a state capital in Northeastern Brazil) was modeled considering multiple ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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.

  • Statistical evaluation of bioretention system for hydrologic performance

    Long-term retention performance is a common performance indicator for low-impact development practices, such as rain barrels, rain gardens, and green roofs. This paper introduces a numerical approach for the estimation of annual retention ratios of stormwater by bioretention. The annual retention ratio is taken as the ratio of the annual accumulated volume of stormwater retained by bioretention ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Green Water Infrastructure

    Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls on roofs, streets, and parking lots, the water cannot soak into the ground. In most urban areas, stormwater is drained through engineered collection systems and discharged into nearby waterbodies. The stormwater carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape, degrading the ...


    By IWA Publishing

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