Overflow

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Conceptual diagram of the excess routing alternatives: On the left, excess flow leaves the cell via an overflow; on the right, excess flow is diverted so that only the design volume enters the cell.

Routing

  • Infiltration facilities can be designed to be inlineRefers to a system that accepts all of the flow from a drainage area and conveys larger event flows through an overflow outlet. or offlineRefers to a system that when full, stormwater will bypass the practice. Offline systems use flow splitters or bypass channels that only allow the water quality volume to enter the facility. This may be achieved with a pipe, weir, or curb opening sized for the target flow, but in conjunction, create a bypass channel so that higher flows do not pass over the surface of the filter bed. from the drainage systemA system flow of gully inlets, pipes, overland flow paths, open channels, culverts and detention basins used to convey runoff to its receiving waters. City of Toronto 45 Wet Weather Flow Management November 2006. See Inlets
  • InlineRefers to a system that accepts all of the flow from a drainage area and conveys larger event flows through an overflow outlet. facilities accept all of the flow from a drainage areaThe total surface area upstream of a point on a stream that drains toward that point. Not to be confused with watershed. The drainage area may include one or more watersheds. and convey larger event flows through an overflow outlet. The overflow must be sized to safely convey larger storm events out of the facility.
  • The overflow must be situated at the far end of the facility to prevent any localised ponding to cause bypassing of the infiltration facility.
  • OfflineRefers to a system that when full, stormwater will bypass the practice. Offline systems use flow splitters or bypass channels that only allow the water quality volume to enter the facility. This may be achieved with a pipe, weir, or curb opening sized for the target flow, but in conjunction, create a bypass channel so that higher flows do not pass over the surface of the filter bed. facilities use flow splitters or bypass channels that only allow the required water quality storage volume to enter the facility.
Higher flows are diverted and do not enter the infiltration practice. A pipe can by used for this, but a weir or curb cut minimizes clogging and reduces the maintenance frequency.

Overflow elevation

The invert of the overflow should be placed at the maximum water surface elevation of the practice. i.e. the maximum ponding depth. A good starting point is around 300 mm over the surface of the practice. However, consideration should be given to public safety and drainage timeThe period between the maximum water level and the minimum level (dry weather or antecedent level).|time for the ponded water to drain. See Bioretention and Stormwater planters

Freeboard

  • In swales convey flowing water a freeboard of 300 mm is generally accepted as a good starting point.
  • In bioretention the freeboard is being defined as the depth between the invert of the overflow and the the inlet 150 mm would suffice, so long as the inlet will not become inundated during design storm conditions.
  • In above grade stormwater planters above grade, the equivalent dimension would be the depth between the invert of the overflow and the lip of the planter (150 mm minimum)
  • Where the stormwater planterA vegetated practice that collects and treats stormwater through sedimentation and filtration. Contributions to water cycle/water balance are through evapotranspiration only; no infiltration. is configured more like a lined/non-infiltrating bioretentionA shallow excavated surface depression containing prepared filter media, mulch, and planted with selected vegetation. system, the inlet will be the depth to which this is measured, as above (150 mm minimum).

Options

Metal grates are recommended (over plastic) in all situations.

Feature Anti Vandalism/Robust Lower Cost Option Self cleaning
Dome grate x
Flat grate x
Catch basinGround depression acting as a flow control and water treatment structure, that is normally dry. x
DitchA long narrow trench or furrow dug in the ground, as for irrigation, drainage, or a boundary line. inlet catch basinGround depression acting as a flow control and water treatment structure, that is normally dry. x x
Curb cut x x x

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