Hydro International has launched the Hydro Brake Optimum, a new flow control for surface water, foul and combined sewer systems. The product was launched at the IFAT Entsorga Exhibition in Munich last month.
The new Hydro-Brake Optimum unit sizing, the company claims, enables fine-tuning according to the site priorities. For example, it may be important to maximise hydraulic performance or to choose a more compact design to account for site constraints such as pipe diameter or chamber retrofit. Hydro-Brake Optimum can be designed to balance flow rates and surface water storage requirements to the conditions of a development site. Hydro International claims that any site with Hydro-Brake Optimum will now need up to 15% less storage than if an alternative were used. By saving on surface water storage, Hydro-Brake Optimum claims to deliver savings in excavation costs and frees up more land for building to maximise the developers’ Return on Investment.
Alex Stephenson, Director of Hydro’s UK Stormwater Division, said: “It’s no secret that other products on the market are based on Hydro technology. With Hydro-Brake Optimum, we have set the next generation performance standard. In future it will be particularly important for designers and contractors to realise that the new Hydro-Brake Optimum has no equivalent. It can be tempting for a contractor to try to change from the specified flow control, but in the case of Hydro-Brake Optimum this would result in a change of the engineered performance and could lead to flooding.”
According to the company, the new adjustable inlet plates in Hydro-Brake Optimum provide up to 20% alteration in the forward flow rate as future-proofing against climate change or site-modifications and up to 20% larger clearances than other flow controls, which reduces the risk of blockage. The product is manufactured out of high grade Stainless Steel. Time saving installation options including, lugs, push-fit spigots, flat or curved mounting plates, penstock or slide mounts and removable units. The Hydro-Brake Optimum is also available pre-fitted to a purpose-built precast reinforced concrete chamber. For more information about the new Hydro-Brake Optimum, e-mail: enquiries (at) hydro-international.co.uk