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4.3.3. Infiltration devices

Infiltration devices drain water directly into the ground. They include soakways and infiltration trenches, which are located below ground, and into which stormwater run-off is directed. They function by storing water and allowing the water to infiltrate into the ground. Figure 2.38 shows a cross-section through a traditional soakway or a chamber soakway. They work well when the soil is permeable and the groundwater table is not close to the surface. Maintenance consists of regular inspection to ensure the infiltration capacity is maintained. Areas draining to an infiltration device should be kept clear of silt, as this will get washed into the device and reduce its permeability as well as filling up space that should be used for storage.


Figure 2.38: Cross-section through a traditional soakway or a chamber soakway (CIRIA, 2000)

 

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