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Sustainability 2015, 7(12), 16311-16323;

Field and Evaluation Methods Used to Test the Performance of a Stormceptor® Class 1 Stormwater Treatment Device in Australia

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Stormwater Research Group, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs QLD 4556, Australia
Drapper Environmental Consultants, 12 Treetops Ave, Springfield Lakes QLD 4300, Australia
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Ken Tamminga
Received: 22 October 2015 / Revised: 29 November 2015 / Accepted: 3 December 2015 / Published: 8 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Regeneration and Sustainability)
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Field testing of a proprietary stormwater treatment device was undertaken over 14 months at a site located in Nambour, South East Queensland. Testing was undertaken to evaluate the pollution removal performance of a Stormceptor® treatment train for removing total suspended solids (TSS), total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorous (TP) from stormwater runoff. Water quality sampling was undertaken using natural rainfall events complying with an a priori sampling protocol. More than 59 rain events were monitored, of which 18 were found to comply with the accepted sampling protocol. The efficiency ratios (ER) observed for the treatment device were found to be 83% for TSS, 11% for TP and 23% for TN. Although adequately removing TSS, additional system components, such as engineered filters, would be required to satisfy minimum local pollution removal regulations. The results of dry weather sampling tests did not conclusively demonstrate that pollutants were exported between storm events or that pollution concentrations increased significantly over time. View Full-Text
Keywords: stormwater pollution; testing protocols; nitrogen; phosphorus; suspended solids stormwater pollution; testing protocols; nitrogen; phosphorus; suspended solids

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Nichols, P.; Lucke, T.; Drapper, D. Field and Evaluation Methods Used to Test the Performance of a Stormceptor® Class 1 Stormwater Treatment Device in Australia. Sustainability 2015, 7, 16311-16323.

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