Installation & Maintenance

We've designed all of our products for easy installation and maintenance by one person. Here is some basic information on servicing your CleanWay system:

How do I dispose of accumulated pollutants after maintenance?

Check with your local disposal company for the best disposal options of accumulated pollutants and spent filters and media.

How do I dispose of MetalZorb®?

 Because it’s non-toxic, bio-degradable and a non-hazardous product prior to being used, no special handling is required. We recommend that used sponge products be disposed of at an approved solid waste disposal facility. Disposal regulations vary greatly from state to state and even from one disposal facility to another. If the sponge has been exposed to hazardous metals such as mercury or lead, an analysis may need to be performed. Consult your local waste disposal authority for details.

What is the recommended frequency for maintenance?

We recommend monthly inspections, which are required for most permit holders. Visual inspections provide the clues so you know when it’s time for maintenance:

  • the strainer insert is dirty and debris has accumulated in the strainer
  • the water level in the strainer rises above normal levels—which is seen during rain events
  • water sampling shows water quality decay or degradation

How is maintenance done?

Cleaning your catch basin can be done with a vactor truck or manually, completed by one person. First, remove the grate to access the catch basin. Second, remove the strainer using the handle. Empty the strainer in an approved receptacle.

To perform maintenance on the filter element, a vactor truck, vacuum truck street sweeper or large shop vac can all be used to remove accumulated pollutants and debris. Once the pollutants are removed, replace the cleaned filter element back in the catch basin and the replace the grate. Check with your local disposal company for the best disposal options of accumulated pollutants.

How often does the Filtration Fabric element need to be replaced in a typical parking lot application?

We recommend installing a new Filtration Fabric element at the start of your rainy season. For example, a new element in the northwest is installed in early October. Once the leaves have fallen around the end of November, we replace the element again. This second element may last through the remainder of the rainy season. The life of the filter element depends on the condition of the pavement, volume and type of traffic, the area of pavement that the filter serves and the weather conditions. To perform at its best, the filter element should be replaced regularly if exposed to oily grit.

Filtration Fabric elements are very inexpensive and easy to replace. Simple visual inspection of the filters on a monthly basis is all that is usually required to determine if the element needs to be replaced. We encourage replacing the element at the first indication it’s becoming clogged.

If neglected, the filter will become clogged and water will start to flow out the bypass. That means, no treatment of the bypass water will be achieved.

Who does the service?

CleanWay Environmental Partners doesn’t offer maintenance for our systems. Maintenance can be scheduled with a local catch basin / stormwater service provider to maintain your systems on regular intervals. In the Northwest, contact River City Environmental for catch basin cleaning, installation and stormwater services.