Rainwater harvesting overflow discharge location - methods
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|Overflow Discharge Locations / Methods
|Discharge to grade via gravity flow (most recommended
- Simplest method to design, install and operate
- Low probability of rainwater backing up the overflow drainage piping
- If discharge location not preparedd properly, may cause soil erosion at site
- May pose a nuisance/safety issue if discharging large volumes from big catchment surfaces.
- Overflow drainage piping may freeze if large sections are above the frost penetration depth; ice may build up at the point of discharge if not designed properly.
|Discharge to storm sewer via gravity flow
- Ideal for below-ground tanks as storm-sewers are also located below grade.
- Storm sewers are specifically designed to collect roof runoff and direct it to an apprpriate location off-site
- Design must prevent backflow from storm sewer into rainwater tank.
- Stormwater discharges can have negative environmental impacts on recieving water bodies
|Discharge to soakaway pit via gravity flow
- Permits the handling of stormwater on-site, which contributes to maintaining pre-development drainage regimes.
- Environmantal benefits of groundwater discharge
- In newer housing developments, an infiltration trench, serving multiple lots, may be built by the developer
- Soakaway pits require extensive site work to design and install (high in cost)
- Large rainfall events can exceed the infiltration capacity of the soil, requiring a separate overflow from the soakaway pit.
- Suitable only for permeable soils
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