and welcome to the November edition of “Keep Things Flowing”, the
monthly newsletter presented by Storm Water Consulting.
In this month’s
newsletter we review a recent SPEL Breakfast Seminar, we answer
another frequently asked question and we bring you the latest news
month Jack, Darren, Steve and Cody (pictured below, left to right)
attended SPEL’s Breakfast Seminar held in Southbank, Brisbane.
guest speaker at the seminar was Professor Carsten Dierkes, from
Germany, who spoke of the new Hydrosystem and Hydrochannel products
currently being tested throughout Europe. These new devices provide
alternate treatment methods for stormwater runoff.
Dierkes also spoke about the considerable difference between the key
nutrient removal requirements between Europe and Australia. European
stormwater treatment is heavily focused on the removal of heavy
metals (whereas Australia is focused on nitrogen and phosphorous
removal). This is largely due to the high number of metal based
roofs used in European cities.
concluded with presentations about three of SPEL’s products, the
SpelFilter, Stormsack and Floating Wetlands. Our July 2015 edition
of “Keep Things Flowing” presents information about the SpelFilter.
Our previous newsletters can be viewed on our website at http://stormw.com.au/newsletters.html
is located in an overland flow path, but not located within
Brisbane City Council’s Overland Flow Flood Planning Area. Does the
Flood Overlay Code apply to any development I do on my block? If
no, what overland flow design criteria will I be required to
If you are
not located within the Overland Flow Flood Planning Area then you
do not have to meet the requirements of the Flood Overlay Code
(providing there are no other triggers). You are however required
to meet the principles of common law. That means that you cannot
create an adverse impact on a neighbouring properties. For example,
you cannot divert overland flow onto a neighbouring property
(without consent) and create an adverse impact. You may be liable
for any damages caused and could be forced to remove the imposing
It is always
best to seek professional advice when unsure if overland flow
flooding could be an issue. Despite the fact that the Flood Overlay
Code may not apply, it would not be uncommon for a hydraulic engineer
to still meet the design requirements of the Flood Overlay Code.
The Flood Overlay Code contains many design criteria from the
Queensland Urban Drainage Manual (QUDM). QUDM provides design
criteria for both safety and sustainability of development in
If you are
unsure whether your property is affected by overland flow or you
would like professional advice on the development constraints
associated with overland flow on your block, please contact our
Consulting will be closing over the Christmas – New Year period.
The office will be closed from Wednesday 23rd December
2015 – 8th January 2016, with the office reopening on
Monday 11th January 2016.
newsletter (and previous issues) are now available to view on our
website. Please visit our website for important updates and
We hope you
enjoyed this edition of Keep Things Flowing. Feedback on articles
presented is always welcomed and for further information on any of
the articles presented please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
Keep Things Flowing!
The Storm Team