introduCtion mmed into a passenger vehicle at a busy intersection in Kelowna, m its ruptured gas tank across the pavement. Case Study to contain the massive fuel spill that was seeping into the city’s hat one gallon of gasolineWaterwaysone million gallons Spills Protecting can contaminate from Fuel of ConCrete pipe In 2003, a gravel truck slammed into a passenger vehicle at a busy intersection in Kelowna, B.C., sending fuel from its ruptured gas tank across the pavement. Firefighters quickly moved to contain the massive fuel spill that was seeping into the city’s storm drains. Considering that one held their breath. that long after broken glass and twisted metal are cleared, litre of pose very real threats. Having researched the their breath. accidents gasoline can contaminate one million litres of groundwater, city officials held signicant The City of Kelowna knows that long after broken glass and twisted metal are cleared, hydrocarbon spills from car accidents pose very real threats. Having researched was especially concerned about systems, Kelowna was eaks on water systems, Kelowna the significant impact of traffic accident leaks on wateroil especially concerned about oil and fuel washing up on the shore of the picturesque Lake Okanagan. At the accident scene, shore firefighters picturesque Lake and were shocked to discover accident scene, in the storm sewer pipelines. of the managed to contain the spill Okanagan. At the there was absolutely no oil City officials confirmed the shocked to collision had there was absolutely no oil ntain the spill and were oil and fuel from thediscover been completely captured by the recently installed Stormceptor s. system. The Stormceptor’s patented technology ensured the fuel was captured and contained within the unit. With easy access to the man-way, the unit was later easily emptied of its contents by a local maintenance operator. “I don’t think (the Stormceptor’s role) was highly publicized, but it certainly was appreciated,” said Alan Newcombe, the former Drainage Manager for the City of Kelowna. “Without it, you can imagine there would have been quite the environmental effect.” stormwater treatment teChnologies uel from the collision had been completely captured or System. Thewith Newcombe, the city breathed an enormous sigh Along Stormceptor’s patented technology of within many of its 105,000 residents, as well as contained relief as the unit. With easy access to the tourists, flock to Lake Okanagan every summer to swim, canoe and mptied of itsHikers, skiers and local maintenance operator. contents by a bird-watchers also enjoy the nearby sail. provincial conservation areas year-round. If the fuel had reached the lake, hydrocarbons would have e) was highly publicized, but it certainly was quickly caused oxygen depletion, leading to dead fish, coating of waterfowl the former Drainage Manager for the City ofthe intersection and other harmful effects. Newcombe noted ne there where the accident took place was also very close to a creek would have been quite the that housed a commercial fishery. Closing the lake down to the public for any length of time box seCtions would be an sigh of and environmental its 105,000 for lost revenue, not as tourists, ock thed an enormous economicrelief as many ofdisaster. The tallyresidents, as wellto mention the cost of any clean-up projects, would quickly skyrocket. swim, canoe and sail. Hikers, skiers and bird-watchers also enjoy the nearby provincial Determined to protect its waterways and the lake, Kelowna now boasts 21 Stormceptor systems at busy intersections. Some e fuel had reached are equipped with as many aswould have units to ensure any oxygen depletion, leading intersections the lake, hydrocarbons four separate quickly caused spills are caught. nd other harmful effects. Newcombe noted the intersection where the accident took place was With its simple design, ed a commercial shery. ability to contain pollutants and small footprint, Stormceptor is ideal for Kelowna’s long-term pollution prevention strategy. manhole and CatCh basin material for any length of time would be an economic and environmental not to mention the cost of any clean-up projects, would quickly skyrocket. s and the lake, Kelowna now boasts 21 Stormceptor e intersections are equipped with as many as four are caught. LAFARGE PIPE eMANUAL PAGE 37 tain pollutants and small footprint, Stormceptor is