Evaluation of Underground Stormwater Infiltration Systems – Elgin Mills Crossing site

infiltrationchambers_picThe Elgin Mills Crossing infiltration chamber system is installed under the parking lot of a shopping centre development in Richmond Hill, Ontario.  The chamber system receives roof runoff from two commercial buildings.

This site was selected for a 3 year study that evaluated the effectiveness of 3 different underground stormwater infiltration systems constructed over fine-textured glacial till soils and draining runoff from industrial/commercial developments located in the Greater Toronto Area.  The performance of the systems was assessed relative to their design objectives and capacity to reduce runoff through infiltration. The runoff reduction performance of each system was examined relative to original design objectives.  The systems monitored in Richmond Hill and Bolton treat roof drainage only and were designed to infiltrate a quantity of runoff equivalent to what would have infiltrated over the lot prior to development during an average year.  The third system in Brampton treats both roof drainage and parking lot runoff and was designed for detention and controlled release of flows to a conventional storm sewer system with the opportunity for infiltration.

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