Eastways new food production facility includes Hydro International advanced treatment for surface water runoff

  • 11 Nov 2021

The Eastways project in Witham, Essex, was an existing industrial unit that was being upgraded to include the construction of a new food production facility with internal offices, a new site entrance, and a new vehicle turning area. This project needed a drainage strategy suitable for an industrial site, to control surface water runoff and remove pollution. Step forward Hydro International

The stormwater runoff from the roofs, roads, car parks and ground area could not be infiltrated so needed to be stored within the development site for storms up to a 1 in 100-year event, with an additional allowance for climate change. 


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With no nearby watercourse, the stored runoff will then flow off the site into a public sewer. The first drainage design put forward for the site was rejected by Essex County Council because the surface water treatment only included one petrol interceptor which did not address the requirements for Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and metals removal. 

A higher level of treatment was required for the site, and the solution was needed quickly to keep the project on track.

Bell Munro Consulting worked with Hydro International to find a solution

It was agreed that all site runoff was to be via conventional drainage to a public service water sewer and would include Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDs) in underground storage with limited flows into the public sewer, and in-line control measures to remove pollution from the runoff.

Working together they developed an effective and advanced stormwater treatment solution that was customised to meet site requirements, by combining two 1.2 m Up-Flo™ Filters and one 1.8 m Downstream Defender®. 

Meet the delivery deadline

To meet the tight delivery deadline and to keep the project on schedule, the Up-Flo™ Filters and Downstream Defender® separator were supplied in twin wall plastic chambers.  The strength of the twin wall chambers meant that there was no need to back fill with concrete and it also made them lighter and easier to move around on site.

The Downstream Defender® is an advanced hydrodynamic vortex separator that captures and retains coarse and fine sediment, oils and floatables from stormwater runoff, in a small footprint.

As compact and low-maintenance stormwater treatment solution, it enables the engineers to deliver effective pollutant removal at a single point in the drainage system. The Up-Flo™ Filters provide an advanced stormwater treatment solution that delivers multi-stage, high performance treatment in a small footprint. 

Each Up-Flo™ Filter combines sedimentation and screening with fluidised bed filtration to deliver surface water pollution removal.                                                                   

Alan Morris, Associate Civil/Structural Engineer at Bell Munro Consulting, says: “Working with Hydro International’s technical team, we were able to provide an advanced treatment solution that met not only the hydrocarbon pollutant removal, but also removed Total Suspended Solids and metals.  The flexibility of material choice for the chamber enabled us to keep to our project schedule.”

Phil Collins, Director – Europe Sales for Hydro International, comments: “This project needed some quick thinking and teamwork to deliver an effective solution that could be delivered on a tight turnaround. The team were able to configure a bespoke SuDs system that met requirements and made sure the project didn’t lose momentum.”

The ultimate combination for treating water runoff from impermeable surfaces

The Downstream Defender® is available in a range of sizes and can function as either pre-treatment for natural SuDS such as ponds or swales, or as a complete stand-alone treatment device, providing engineers and contractors with a flexible, cost-effective stormwater management option.

Its targeted pollutants include:

 – Fine and coarse particles / total suspended solids (TSS)
 – Floatable trash and debris
 – Liquid- and sediment-bound oils and hydrocarbons
 – Sediment-bound heavy metals
 – Sediment-bound nutrients

The Up-Flo™ Filter is an advanced stormwater treatment solution that combines sedimentation and screening with fluidised bed filtration to capture sediment, oils, heavy metals and nutrients from surface water runoff, achieving total suspended solids (TSS) removal rates of up to 98%.

Designed with efficiency, longevity and upkeep in mind, the Up-Flo™ Filter has high loading rates and long media life, which means high quality water treatment for longer periods between servicing.

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