The Snorkel and Centipede Filtration System
A field tested, field proven system for filtering large bodies of water, such as subdivisions, retention ponds or golf courses!
The patented, large-scale Snorkel Vault & Centipede Module were specifically designed to tackle any number of the common issues that plague large-scale water features such as retention and golf course ponds. They are modular in design, allowing builders and designers the flexibility to expand the system to meet their needs. Add a professional grade large pond aeration system to increase water quality and complete the system.
This unique system has been modeled directly from nature. According to David Braun with The Nature Conservancy, "Wetlands and the plants found within them are wonderful filters; they trap sediments and remove chemicals... water that passes through them is much cleaner and they provide valuable habitat for wildlife."
Features and Benefits
- Highly-effective at the removal of sediment from the pond.
- Easily access collected sediment with the Snorkel Vault, reducing the need for costly and invasive dredging.
- Improves water clarity.
- Strips excess nutrients from the water column, reducing algae and the physical and chemical maintenance that goes along with removing algae.
- Removes toxic metals, chemicals, and hydrocarbons flushed into the system via storm water with the help of plants and beneficial bacteria.
- The filter's modular design allows it to be constructed in a number of shapes and sizes.
- Works on earth bottom and liner membrane ponds.
- Easily retrofitted onto existing ponds.
- Create a waterfall and stream by designing the wetland filter system off the perimeter of the pond.
- Add a neutral aesthetic characteristic to the pond design with aquatic plants and stone.
Project Spotlight - (Aquascape Designs)Project: FONA (Flavors of North America)
Location: World Headquarters, Geneva, IL
Goals: This new state-of-the-art facility was designed to meet the strict requirements of its owners. Their passion for their business is equaled by their passion for the environment.
The goals for the pond were simple:
- management and control of storm water
- Combine high water quality and low maintenance
- Desire for an aesthetic design
- Incorporate the water feature into the overall landscape design
Image 1: The layout of the Snorkel Vault and Centipede Modules for the first shoreline wetland filter.
Image 2:The excavation of the wetland filter
Image 3: The excavated wetland is lined with EPDM rubber and the Snorkel Vault & Centipede Modules are set into place.
Image 4: The Centipede Modules are covered with several layers of stones. The larger voids found between these stones allow the incoming water to flow throughout the wetland and provides ample room for the deposition of sediments.
Project Specifications:The project met the client's goals by creatively blending function with natural beauty. Two wetland filter systems were constructed alongside the pond. One filter system was incorporated into the bank of the pond and planted with a mix of native aquatic plants and is designed to completely blend into the shoreline.
The second wetland system is situated atop the 15-foot embankment. A series of waterfalls were strategically carved into the pond bank, creating a dramatic focal point from the entrance way, while also providing supplemental aeration to the ponds.
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