Run-off Water from Industrial Facilities No Longer a Problem with the New Water Retention and Filtering System

Run-off Water from Industrial Facilities No Longer a Problem with the New Water Retention and Filtering System

The Environmental Protection Agency and other US agencies have rules and regulations in place, requiring industrial facilities to retain water on their sites because it poses serious threats to the environment. However, a large amount of this water runs off to rivers and lakes, causing floods in some areas. The water also contains pollutants such as dirt, potassium, nitrogen and oils in a significant percentage that can harm both humans and sea-life. Experts predict that 15 years down the road, this water storage will result in a major crisis

The Storm System

David Meadows of Advanced Design LLC, based in Polk Country, Florida, has come with an interesting solution that minimizes, if not eliminates, the risks associated with polluted run-off water.

This new development proposes an innovative driveway design, featuring flat, steel roofs with an area of about 200,000 square kilometers or 5 acres.  Concrete will be used as the main material, but the surface will no more be smooth, comprising of small pebbles instead. These pebbles won’t allow water to run-off the site, but force it to be absorbed in the ground instead. Beneath the pebbles is a geo-textile, woven fabric to collect particles, which will then be vacuumed out from the system on a monthly basis.

The drives will have to be monitored daily, and always kept clean. If there are any oil leakages, the offenders will either have to fix the problem themselves or ask meadows staff to do so, if available.

Some of the water may still run off the driveway, but David Meadows systems will direct into an underground retention pond, where it will be filtered and processed for re-use. In some cases, the water may be allowed to run off during the dry season. Still most of the quantity will be filtered for replenishing the aquifer.

Roof Subsystem

The system features an additional module that deals with water from the roof. Instead of letting it run down, a valve directs into a water tank, which will only contain clean, rain water, fit for use for several industrial purposes. Any excess water can replenish the aquifer.  The valve begins directing the water 3 to 7 minutes after it has started to rain.

Thus, the new system reduces the amount of water that is run off, and a feasible solution to the potential water and environmental crisis.

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