Monday, October 7, 2013

Vactor Trucks: Part of a Storm Water BMP

Subterranean storm water management systems like StormChamber require the use of vacuum trucks on a regular basis for sediment removal. Its patented sediment trap design involves getting up close with the truck's huge nozzle to remove the debris and prevent contamination of rainwater. The result is clean rainwater for residential and commercial buildings to use, cutting on water consumption. Thus, the way experts see it, vacuum trucks are an integral part of a storm water BMP.

In some cases, the vacuum truck may siphon debris out of a sacrificial chamber, a section dedicated entirely to trapping sediments. This won't have any effect on the quality of rainwater collected since the water needs to make a hard turn to make it to the inner chambers, leaving the sediments behind. Fortunately, a vacuum truck's nozzle can reach deep enough to access the sediment trap, which is located deeper into the ground than the sacrificial chamber.

The frequency of maintenance for storm water management systems depends on the frequency of rain in the area. Obviously, the more frequently it rains, the more frequently trucks will have to deploy to storm water chambers to clean them. As the truck performs the work, on-site contamination is lessened since the operator is less likely to go into the chambers unless necessary.


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