The system works through water flowing in from the system from either a roadside drain or from the upstream treatment system and filling the STORMBRAKE shells. Pre-treatment devices, specifically gross pollutant traps (PROTECTOR’S ECOPROTECTOR), are recommended to be installed in these systems to ensure not debris or larger pollutants enter the STORMBRAKE system.
The water enters the initial stormbrake chamber, which is considered to be the initial sediment chamber. As the water enters through a 90 degree pipe, the waters flow velocity decreases rapidly and is absorbed through the fabric filter layer underneath the Stormbrake chamber. Due to this speed decrease the sediment will mainly build up in this initial chamber, making maintenance process simpler as well as allowing treated water to disperse throughout the rest of the system without any storage reduction. The water will evenly flow throughout each chamber, as well as seeping through the tightly packed rock and filter fabric layered systems into any below layers allowing filtration. The sedimentation and fine colloidal pollutants are caught throughout the bedrock layer and prevented from flowing throughout the system and out of the filtration. Throughout the soil layers, microorganisms exist to remove nutrients from the system through bio filtration, and this microorganism biodegradation reduces that percentage of nutrients and organic pollutants throughout the system. . The water eventually fills to capacity of the storage system and flows downwards through the soil and out of the outlet piping systems below the STORMBRAKE systems. In events of high-flow, the water will flow throughout the system through adjoining piping connections due to the lower flow rate of the soil. This system is able to combine the ability to recharge and decontaminate stormwater runoff ground water whilst simultaneously managing the water flow and retaining water to provide the most effective stormwater treatment and management solution available.
This system removes pollutants and contaminants using processes such as biofiltration, microbial degradation, adsorption, and attachment techniques as well as hydrocarbon and oil removal to produce a cleaner water result whilst also providing a retention system that filters over time.