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Water 2015, 7(8), 4496-4510;

Field Evaluation of a Stormwater Treatment Train with Pit Baskets and Filter Media Cartridges in Southeast Queensland

Drapper Environmental Consultants (DEC), 12 Treetops Avenue, Springfield Lakes 4300, QLD, Australia
SPEL Environmental (SPEL), 96 Cobalt St, Carole Park 4300, QLD, Australia
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Young-Seuk Park
Received: 12 June 2015 / Revised: 3 August 2015 / Accepted: 6 August 2015 / Published: 17 August 2015
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Field monitoring of a stormwater treatment train has been underway between November 2013 and May 2015 at a townhouse development located at Ormiston, southeast Queensland. The research was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of a 200 micron mesh pit basket in a 900 square format and an 850 mm high media filtration cartridge system for removing total suspended solids and nutrients from stormwater runoff. The monitoring protocol was developed with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), reflecting the Auckland Regional Council Proprietary Device Evaluation Protocol (PDEP) and United States Urban Stormwater BMP Performance Monitoring Manual with some minor improvements reflecting local conditions. During the 18 month period, more than 30 rain events have occurred, of which nine comply with the protocol. The Efficiency Ratio (ER) observed for the treatment devices are 32% total suspended solids (TSS), 37% for total phosphorus (TP) and 38% total nitrogen (TN) for the pit basket, and an Efficiency Ratio of 87% TSS, 55% TP and 42% TN for the cartridge filter. The performance results on nine events have been observed to be significantly different statistically (p < 0.05) for the filters but not the pit baskets. The research has also identified the significant influence of analytical variability on performance results, specifically when influent concentrations are near the limits of detection. View Full-Text
Keywords: stormwater; monitoring; protocols; suspended solids; nitrogen; phosphorus; filters stormwater; monitoring; protocols; suspended solids; nitrogen; phosphorus; filters

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Drapper, D.; Hornbuckle, A. Field Evaluation of a Stormwater Treatment Train with Pit Baskets and Filter Media Cartridges in Southeast Queensland. Water 2015, 7, 4496-4510.

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