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Stormwater Management (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. 

Let us help in the design & specification phases
  • 2:23 min
    Stormwater Reuse Animation
    Stanford researchers are working with local and federal agencies in Los Angeles, Sonoma and other drought-stricken California cities in an unprecedented effort to capture and reuse stormwater. The approach could be part of a solution not only to water shortages but also to run-off laced with pesticides and other chemicals that can contaminate beaches and contribute to oxygen-choking, fish-killing algae blooms. This animation explains how one system would capture and clean stormwater for use.
  • 1:30:48 min
    WaterPro Series: Stormwater Capture and Reuse
    Stormwater is usually viewed as a burden to be managed but it also can be a great resource. However, by using stormwater instead of drinking water for tasks like watering the lawn or putting out fires, we can conserve resources and reduce the amount of polluted stormwater that enters our lakes, rivers and streams. The results of a recent study on stormwater harvesting in the Twin Cities metro area were presented by Brett Emmons, PE, LEED, AP BD+C of Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. It was hosted at the MCWD offices in January 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is BMP 6.5.2?

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.

What is the design process for a BMP 6.5.2 Capture and Reuse System?

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.

How long does it take to get a 6.5.2 Spray Irrigation Design Completed?

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.

What is the best choice for an underground Cistern?

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: