The recommended drawdown times for all storage and infiltration facilities (trenches, chambers, bioretention etc.) are based upon rainfall statistics and likelihood that the facility will have had time to regenerate storage capacity before the arrival of the next storm event. A summary analysis of 14 locations across Ontario found that storms were most frequent in Thunder Bay and least frequent in Toronto; there is a ~50% chance of rainfall occurring again within 48 hours (Thunder Bay) to 72 hours (Toronto).
The analysis was conducted using the recommended minimum inter-event time of 12 hours from the MOECC, and earlier rainfall probability distribution parameters from 1960's-1980's . It is not anticipated that recent incremental changes to our climate will have significantly impacted this broad window of recommended drainage times. Locations considered included:
- Niagara Falls
- Sault Ste Marie
- Thunder Bay
Calculating infiltration practice drainage timeThe period between the maximum water level and the minimum level (dry weather or antecedent level).
Try the Darcy drainage timeThe period between the maximum water level and the minimum level (dry weather or antecedent level). calculator tool for estimating the time required to fully drain the water storage reservoirAn underlying bed filled with aggregate or other void-forming fill material that temporarily stores stormwater before infiltrating into the native soil or being conveyed by an underdrain pipe. of the facility assuming either one or three-dimensional drainageNatural or artificial means of intercepting and removing surface or subsurface water (usually by gravity).:
- Aquafor Beech, EarthFX. Runoff Volume Control Targets for Ontario Final Report. 2016:125. http://www.downloads.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/env_reg/er/documents/2017/012-9080_Runoff.pdf. Accessed September 11, 2017.
- Adams, B. J., and Papa, F. (2000). Urban stormwater management planning with analytical probabilistic models. Wiley.