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Capture & Reuse

Your partners at Aquarius Supply are here to help you successfully build your facility and navigate the complications regarding your 6.5.2 BMP Stormwater Management Plan.

Our seasoned team brings clarity through value consultation and engineering of your Capture & Reuse project. Our team has often saved clients over 50% through meeting the DEP 6.5.2 Regulations with superior common-sense designs and low costs of ownership. As well as Value Pumping and Product Specification, we are able to recommend multiple contractors to bid on your projects and deliver it below budget. There is no doubt that Capture & Reuse 6.5.2 Regulations have increased the cost of project construction. Let the team at Aquarius remove as much of that burden as possible for you to focus on customer’s needs. 

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BMP 6.5.2 is a Stormwater Best Management Practice described as “Capture and Reuse”. At Aquarius Supply we are primarily involved in the engineering of systems where we capture stormwater runoff and then use this water for irrigation. Because of the karst formations in Pennsylvania we have a high level of sinkholes (http://dcnr.state.pa.us/topogeo/hazards/sinkholes/index.htm)

Therefore it is detrimental to install catch basins that only concentrate infiltration in one area causing erosion of the karst and creating sinkholes.

Using proper irrigation techniques to accomplish 6.5.2 capture and Reuse we slowly introduce water all over the property as naturally occurring rain would to help introduce a wide spread natural infiltration rate.

The NOI Application Checklist is quite substantial (http://www.lehighconservation.org/Water-Quality/NPDES-Permit-Forms-Documents) Once the design engineer establishes that 6.5.2 is the correct option it is quite a straightforward process. The gallons/cubic feet of water captured is calculated. Then the square footage of pervious surface to be irrigated is noted on a base plan as well as the time in which the governing body wishes the water is to be disbursed before another possible rain event, usually 6 days.

Then we design the appropriate size underground storage solution, pumping system and irrigation spray field design and watering schedule.

Once we are given all the proper data the design process usually takes 7-10 days depending on the complexity and our current workload. This is a basic checklist of the items we will need:

  • Landscape CAD file for the site with “irrigated area” spelled out.
  • Desired location for underground storage cistern.
  • Engineer calculations for storage demands.
  • DEP requirement for distribution days.
  • Do you want irrigation system to operate on city water during dry periods to keep the landscape lush? If yes:
    Water source, service line size and water pressure.

There are many choices available in underground Cisterns. The unfortunate reality is there is no easy and inexpensive way to store water underground. Our goal is to always value engineer our projects making our services valuable and desirable to our clients. Here are a few of our preferred methods:

  • Eco-Rain Tank:  installed properly a great solution. Easy to configure and versatile

EPIC

Environmental Passive Integrated Chamber

From a sustainability and cost-savings standpoint, the EPIC System has many benefits, especially in Athletic Field Design. The EPIC System provides superior drainage with its sand-based soil profile as well as strong root systems through the sub-surface capillary rise irrigation methodology. EPIC captures rain during storm events and stores it to be used during drier times. All the while, it removes 70-85% of the suspended solids and up to 35% of pathogens through natural sand filtration. This process results into healthier water for irrigation and discharge into waterways, virtually eliminating Point Source Pollution. 

The EPIC System, combined with Netlon Advanced Turf System (ATS) technology can be used for sports fields, grass overflow parking, utility and emergency vehicle access areas or equestrian facilities. 

Storm water management system called EPIC
EPIC is a Sustainable and durable Rainwater Harvesting solution that both meets the needs of Irrigation, drainage and Improved stormwater collection and conveyance all in one.

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The EPIC System is an Environmentally Passive Integrated Chamber System. EPIC is engineering to provide drainage, capillary rise irrigation, and stormwater capture and reuse all in one system.

EPIC works through a minimal engineered sand/soil profile as the infiltration and growth media. Beneath which is the EPDM Base layer, geotextile component, EPIC Chambers, pvc pipe and other components. When water infiltrates to the base EPDM it is moved to underground storage for future reuse of the water.

Then we design the appropriate size underground storage solution, pumping system and irrigation spray field design and watering schedule.

EPIC isn’t for everyone, but we can help to determine if EPIC is right for you, or if we have a more cost effective solution to meet your needs.

EPIC may be used for residential and commercial use.

Yes, with inclusion of the Netlon ATS into the engineered soil we can support up to a firetruck loading requirement.

EPIC systems under sports turf use up to 80 percent less water to grow lush turf. Turf will rebound after hard play quickly with the enhanced root system. Competitors will have less injury playing on real turf vs artificial turf. Plus with inclusion of the Netlon ATS on a sports field the field can also be used for overflow parking if needed.

 

Infiltration

The Aquarius team provides unique solutions for your BMP 6.4.2 Infiltration Basin, 6.4.6 Dry Well Seepage Pit and 6.6.2 Wet Pond needs. Improve stormwater collection and conveyance systems are a necessary and required part of every construction project.

As runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots and rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff discharged is untreated. The primary method to control stormwater discharges is the use of Best Management Practices (BMP’s). Aquarius is a partner with our customers in solving their problems and meeting their needs.

 

Please reach out to an Aquarius associate to assist you.

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With the urbanization of the landscape the volumes of pavement great volumes of stormwater runoff occur during regular rain events. Stormwater Infiltration helps to minimize runoff and in some cases eliminate runoff altogether. Some municipalities have a dual use sewer and stormwater system and during large storms the treatment systems overload and raw sewage, waste, and street borne hydrocarbons are poured directly into our river systems. Many areas have now adopted an “MS-4 Designation” which is a serious commitment to reducing these discharges to our watersheds.

 

A first line reduction for stormwater runoff and infiltration is a Porous, Pervious, Permeable pavement in lieu of traditional paving methods.

EPIC isn’t for everyone, but we can help to determine if EPIC is right for you, or if we have a more cost effective solution to meet your needs.

Typically well graded clean stone goes directly beneath the paving surface. The stone works to provide storage for the inflow of water plus it can be effective media for cleaning some of the contaminants at the same time.

Sure, there are many chambers, cubes, tank systems to increase detention quantity and time after a storm for volumes of stormwater.

Most systems can be incorporated into a comprehensive plan and achieve an H 20 load rating plus. (80,000 pound trucks). However, not all systems can be used in all applications.

The best way to do this is to keep organic items such as leaves, twigs, etc. clear from the surface through routine care. If something should get ground into the surface simple vacuuming with a shop vacuum will clean small areas, or a vacuum truck may be used for larger areas.

Yes, Aquarius Supply stocks and sells into the marketplace Inlet filtration which fit directly beneath storm drain grates at the street level. These devices are easy to install service and meet MS-4 requirements. We can also help with a Bio-swale BMP (Best Management Practice) in conjunction with an inlet and filter for infiltration purposes.

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting offers a small-scale best management practice to reduce stormwater runoff and the problems associated with it.

By harvesting the rainfall and storing it, you can slowly release the water back into the soil, either by irrigation or direct application. The water then moves into the groundwater table, providing a steady supply of water to local streams and rivers. Impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks and streets block rainfall and other precipitation from infiltrating naturally into the ground, leading to even more stormwater and potential pollutant runoff.

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Movement of this stormwater across the soil causes erosion. It can also carry and deposit untreated pollutants, such as sediment, nutrients and pesticides, into surface-water bodies

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With the urbanization of the landscape the volumes of pavement great volumes of stormwater runoff occur during regular rain events. Stormwater capture and reuse through rainwater harvesting greatly reduces runoff roof shed and in some cases eliminate runoff altogether.

The EPA has a comprehensive site with calculators available to determine your needs. https://www.epa.gov/water-research/national-stormwater-calculator

 

Storage tanks are available for above grade and below grade use. Sizes range from just a few gallons, to rain barrels to larger 30,000 gallon tanks and everything in between. Shapes can be made to work with your lot sizes and dimensions for irregular needs as well.

Any good system will require inspection and cleanout ports to ensure proper function. You will also need pre filtration to keep organics and sediment out of the storage tanks. Geotextiles, clean sand or stone backfill. Float switches, pumps and control units and a city water switch over valve may also be needed for your configuration.

You can use the water to irrigate landscaping, for urinals, and toilets, agriculture, and more. Note, some areas require dye to be added prior to using for urinals and toilet flush.

Most systems can be incorporated into a comprehensive plan and achieve an H 20 load rating plus. (80,000 pound trucks). However, not all systems can be used in all applications.

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