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Safer NZ Beaches

SafeSwim provides Aucklanders with live information regarding water quality and swimming conditions at our favourite swimming spots. The image below, taken from the SwimSafe website,  shows the drastic pollution Auckland’s waterways are experiencing. Due to the increase of impervious surfaces from the growing rate of housing developments, there is an increase in flow rate and volume of stormwater runoff.

Anything on these impervious surfaces such as sediment, pollutants and metals, that can be picked up by water then flow into the stormwater drains, then into our waterways making it unsafe to swim.

SafeSwim Screenshot taken 12/07/2022 Shows The Majority of Auckland Beaches Unsafe for Swimming

Unless this increased stormwater runoff is managed, there would be numerous negative effects on the surrounding environment. These effects include accelerating river and stream erosion, bank instability, and creating hydrological conditions that do not support healthy aquatic ecosystems.

In developed urban catchments with large areas of impervious surface, increased runoff is one of the primary causes of the degraded river and stream health.

Without the use of detention tanks to help manage stormwater runoff, our waterways are going to suffer. Luckily, our innovative range of stormwater detention tanks elimate some of the issues we are currently experiencing. 

Aquacomb is the complete hidden stormwater solution for water detention and reuse (retention) to meet all of your project’s requirements – it will save you time, space, and money too! The fully modular system isn’t just a tank. It is a clever way to capture, reuse, and detain water while preventing the loss of valuable space around your development. Store them in the slab, deck, lawn, patio, JOAL, and/or driveway. Stack them on their edge under soffits, behind retaining walls, or even under stairs. Completely hidden from view, say goodbye to above-ground pipes and big, ugly water tanks that take up valuable space. Even better, Aquacomb can be installed on sites with high invert levels or where discharge to curb is required. 

Image: AquaPit Section Drawing for Combined Detention and Retention System

Laid at grade, or in-slab means they are above council pipes but still hidden. Installed in a driveway or in the slab of a house, they can still drain to a stormwater pipe with a high invert level. Being modular, the overall capacity of an average system can vary anywhere from 3,000 to 30,000 liters. Aquacomb is cost-effective and in many cases less expensive than other detention and re-use systems.


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