Recent Developments in Oil Retaining Porous Pavements

Alan P Newman, Andrew Shuttleworth, Tim Puehmeier, K Wing Ki, Christopher J Pratt

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    The use of pervious pavements is an important technique used for source control in Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) which allows water to infiltrate into hard surfaces and then slowly releases it to either a drainage outlet or into the ground. They also remove low levels of pollution from the water by filtration and also by biodegradation of hydrocarbons which are adsorbed to materials within the construction. Current pervious pavement systems are not used
    in locations where the risk of pollution occurring is high or, if they would allow the infiltration of water into the ground, where groundwater protection is a concern. This paper describes the development and initial trials of two versions of an oil interceptor system which has been incorporated within pervious surface construction. Experiments were undertaken to assess how
    the system retained pollutants under simulated worse credible pollution and rainfall events and to compare the performance of a traditionally constructed design with the new system. The results demonstrated that both direct infiltration devices, constructed on site from traditional materials and geo-membrane, and systems designed to be used as pre-fabricated units based on
    state of the art storage elements can effectively contain hydrocarbons.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second National Conference on Sustainable Drainage
    PublisherCoventry University
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)1 903818 27 3
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2003
    Event2nd National Conference on Sustainable Drainage: Incorporating 24th Standing Conference on Stormwater Source Control - Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom
    Duration: 23 Jun 200324 Jun 2003
    Conference number: 2


    Conference2nd National Conference on Sustainable Drainage
    Abbreviated titleCoventry SUDS Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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