The Downstream Defender® is an advanced hydrodynamic vortex separator that provides impressive and reliable removal of fine and coarse particles, hydrocarbons and floatable debris from surface water runoff, delivering high levels of stormwater treatment over a wide range of flow rates.
Available in a range of sizes, it can function as either pretreatment or as a stand-alone device, providing engineers and contractors with a flexible, cost-effective stormwater management option.
•Fine and coarse particles / total suspended solids (TSS)
•Floatable trash and debris - now available with 5mm screen to meet 100% trash capture TMDL
•Liquid- and sediment-bound oils and hydrocarbons
•Sediment-bound heavy metals
Save space and money
Downstream Defender® can treat high peak flows in as little as half of the footprint of other structural BMP systems. A smaller footprint means an easier install that's less expensive and requires less work.
The Downstream Defender® is proven to prevent washout of captured pollutants. Carefully designed internal components isolate the pollution storage areas, ensuring that what is captured is retained, even during high flows.
The Downstream Defender® can accommodate a change in outlet pipe direction to suit site-specific requirements.
Low headloss means more site flexibility and provides engineers with design options for shallower sites.
How it works
The Downstream Defender® stormwater treatment system is designed to enhance vortex separation by minimizing turbulence and headloss, increasing efficiency, and preventing washout of stored pollutants.
1. Contaminated stormwater is introduced tangentially into the side of the vessel, generating a rotating flow that spirals around the outside of the dip plate.
2. Oils, trash and floatable debris rise to the water surface and are trapped in the oil and floatables storage volume.
3. As flow continues to spiral down around the dip plate cylinder, low energy vortex motion directs sediment inward along the benching skirt and into the protected sediment storage zone.
4. The benching skirt and center cone redirect the rotating flow up and inward between the center shaft and dip plate cylinder away from the stored sediment.
5. The outlet pipe discharges treated effluent from within the dip plate cylinder ensuring the longest possible residence time.