Fabco Industries is proud to announce that the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has approved its proprietary cartridge-driven stormwater quality filtration devices for private development in the city.

After a thorough and comprehensive review process, the technicians and water quality experts at one of the oldest government-regulated water providers in the country determined that Fabco’sspecialized devices meet the PWD regulations for private development in the City of Philadelphia.  This provides owners and developers in the area the confidence of using Fabco’sproven stormwater filtration products for their projects. They can also take pride in the environmental protection afforded them by Fabco technology.

“This is a significant achievement for us,” states Warren Cohn, STORMWATER PRODUCT SPECIALIST at Fabco Industries. “Philadelphia is known for its achievements in GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE (GI). The city’s GREEN CITY, CLEAN WATERS initiative sets the standard for stormwater management nationwide. To earn PWD approval is a great honor.” 

John Markee, Fabco’s Vice President for Marketing, elaborates: “Fabco’s filter cartridges are designed to provide effective treatment of Stormwater while maintaining high flow rates throughout the life of the cartridge. Our cartridges can be used in a wide variety of configurationsthat are specifically designed for the unique challenges of each local situation.”

StormBasin: A Water Quality Insert (WQI) that can be utilized in new or retrofit construction to provide water quality treatment close to source by providing that treatment in drain precast inlets/basins.

This StormBasin, deployed close to the source treatment, is consistent with the EPA’s definition of Green Infrastructure (GI) and Low Impact Development (LID). StormBasin features easily maintained plastic basins, durable aluminum frames, covered bypass for extreme events, field adjustability and low cost of ownership.

Downspout Filter: Designed to treat particulates and soluble pollutants contained runoff from roof tops.

These units can be specifically configured for above or below grade applications. They offerflexibility to collect and treat drainage from sources other than roof top downspouts. The standard unit design includes pre-treatment, water quantity design volume and overflow drainage. These filters are easy to install and maintain at a low cost.

StormSafe Cartridge Vaults: Ideal for drainage areas that require centralized stormwatertreatment beyond simple gross pollutants and trash removal.

StormSafe Cartridge Vaults can reduce concentrations of targeted stormwater pollutants in a cost-effective manner. Standard StormSafe unit design includes pre-treatment, water quantity design volume and overflow drainage. These are easy to install and maintain, with a low cost of ownership.

Fabco is recognized as an industry leader in the design, manufacture, and application of engineered stormwater treatment systems. We practice a philosophy of continuous product innovation, research, and development.

Warren invites developers and project managers in the Philadelphia area or in any municipalitythroughout the nation to contact him regarding the use of Fabco stormwater solutions for their unique needs. He can be emailed at wcohn@fabco-industries.com or call him directly on his mobile phone at 484-689-1113.

Fabco Industries Protects NYC Drinking Water Supply By Reducing Phosphorous with StormBasin Solution.

Project Profile – Bloomer Road to U.S. 6 Stormwater Retrofit

Project Owner: East of Hudson Watershed Corporation (EOHWC)

Engineer of Record: Nathan L. Jacobson and Associates, P.C.

Contractor: Brennan Construction Company

Brewster Heights is a community that occupies approximately a half a square mile in the Town of Southeast in southern Putnam County, NY.

The East of Hudson Watershed Corporation is a local development corporation established by the municipalities in Northern Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in the New York City Watershed. Its aim is to install stormwater retrofit projects to meet the requirements for phosphorus reduction as defined by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The Corporation works in conjunction with the NYSDEC and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) to further Stormwater MS4 quality projects in the Croton and Kensico Reservoir Basins.

Ultimately, the driving force behind the stormwater quality improvement is protecting New York City’s filtration avoidance determination and its drinking water supply.

Fabco Industries is a NYS based manufacturer of quality stormwater treatment devices with over 5000 installations in NYS alone.

This project involved the collaboration of multiple parties over the course of the last decade.  The initial goal of the project was the stabilization of four heavily eroded channels which discharged runoff from the Brewster Heights subdivision. These channels had caused severe washout and sediment deposition onto private property and into the New York City water supply Middle Branch Reservoir. While the stabilization of the eroded channels was straightforward, identifying an appropriate water quality Best Management Practice (BMP) to implement proved challenging.  One of the last design iterations prior to approval from the NYCDEP involved the installation of two Hydrodynamic Separators (HDS), individually located at the outfall of the two channels where runoff was to be rerouted. The location of these units would have required realignment of multiple existing utilities and taken up a significant footprint within the right-of-way.

The existing phosphorus load of the drainage area tributary to the stabilized channels was calculated as 22.46 kg/yr.  The reduction credit which was attainable through installation of two HDS units would have been 2.25 kg/yr. The estimated installed cost was between $80,000 and $100,000, not taking into account the required realignment of existing utilities.

Enter Fabco Industries and the StormBasin solution. This BMP had previously been approved by the NYSDEC to provide 50% phosphorus removal at its peak treatment flow rate. It also had the advantage of offering the ability to be retrofitted into existing catch basins.

The NYSDEC’s approval was based on the comprehensive technical submittal prepared by the engineering and science consulting firm Woodard & Curran, as part of the overall East Of Hudson Coalition Stormwater Retrofit Plan. Woodard & Curran collaborated with NYDEC to consider approving additional stormwater retrofit treatment practices into the overall NYC water supply phosphorus reduction program. This allowed municipalities within the EOH watershed additional options to treat and reduce phosphorus in stormwater runoff prior to discharging into the NYC reservoirs. Based on a thorough review of the stormwater retrofits approved by NYSDEC and installed to date, Woodard & Curran strongly believed that in order for the overall phosphorus reduction program to be successful, the regulated municipalities needed cost-effective and easy-to-implement stormwater retrofit treatment solutions that also required minimal O&M. After a thorough review of various stormwater treatment retrofit practices available in the marketplace that had not yet been identified or approved by the NYSDEC as acceptable treatment practices within the EOH phosphorus reduction program, Woodard & Curran saw the promise that the STORMBASIN SOLUTION WITH FABPHOS FILTRATION MEDIA offered the municipalities.  

Steven Lauria, PE, Project Manager and Principal of Woodard & Curran, stated: “The first five years of retrofits revealed that for the program to be successful moving forward, there needed to be cost-effective and low maintenance retrofit solutions that did not require the modification of existing infrastructure or land disturbance. One of the greatest challenges of implementing retrofits on public and private property is limiting the impact to existing infrastructure, property, and current operations. The StormBasin solution met all the challenges of the retrofit model as a cost-effective and low maintenance solution. StormBasin has the potential to save the EOHC millions of dollars when compared to other NYSDEC approved retrofit practices.”

Treating a fraction of the drainage area, the StormBasin inserts were able to obtain a reduction of 7.43 kg/y—and at less than one third the installed cost of the HDS solution. Most impressive was that it did so with no required realignment of existing utilities!

The decentralized nature of the StormBasin solution being both “at grade” and “at source” has several advantages over a buried downstream device. StormBasin installations are easily inspected and maintained at grade and once installed can protect the downstream infrastructure.

Said Kevin Fitzpatrick, Director of Engineering for the EOHWC, “Fabco Industries and Bill Stoecker were attentive and responsive throughout the entire project to ensure we had the best solution in place to fit the Corporation needs.”

14 Fabco StormBasin Units with a total of 29 cartridge filters were installed by Fabco Industries’ team over a two-day period in November 2018. Several different styles of units were utilized to accommodate the various catch basins, frames and grates that exist in the community.

The long-term success of these installations relies on the timely approach to maintenance of the drainage area and the catch basins themselves. To this end, StormBasin units have been designed to make biannual cleaning and annual replacement of the cartridge easily done by any local workforce.

Looking to the future, StormBasin is to be implemented in several EOHWC projects. This solution should be considered in any situation where water quality improvement is needed, economics is a driver and ease of inspection and maintenance is desired.

Fabco’s FABGUARD Now Registered in California

Fabco Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce its proprietary FABGUARD anti-microbial pesticide is now registered in the state of California in addition to 17 other key stormwater markets.

In 2015, FABGUARD was granted pesticide registration with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since that time it has been registered for use in the following markets – Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Vermont.

FABGUARD media has been tested extensively under diverse laboratory and field conditions. It is an effective solution for reducing coliform bacteria in stormwater, industrial wastewater and municipal wastewater applications.

“FABGUARD is an innovative solution that complements our other filter media products and we are proud to have it registered in California – the most aggressive and demanding stormwater market in the U.S.,” said John Markee, Fabco’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Its unique physical properties allow sustained high flow rates while still providing exceptional treatment of coliform bacteria. For example, when FABGUARD is applied to our Helix filters, relatively compact systems can effectively treat large volumes of water.” 

When combined with Fabco’s stormwater filtration systems, FABGUARD can be configured to reduce bacteria using centralized or decentralized treatment at varying flow rates.  FABGUARD can be applied to catch basin inserts like StormBasin and StormPod systems for retrofit applications. FABGUARD also works with end-of-pipe solutions such as the cartridge-based StormSafe and high-flow Helix vaults.

“The effectiveness of FABGUARD media is even better than anticipated,” said Markee. “FABGUARD sets a new standard for filtering coliform bacteria.”

FABGUARD filter media benefits:

·      Reduction of coliform bacteria

·      Effective treatment at high-flow rates

·      Lightweight, easy to handle and deploy

Federal – US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticides Program – EPA Registration #90270-1

California – State of California Department of Pesticides Registration- Regulation License #66083, Registration Number: 90270-1-AA


About Fabco Industries:
Fabco Industries is a leader in stormwater management and providing stormwater solutions to engineer a better environment. The company designs and manufactures high-performance stormwater filter systems that are highly effective for various treatment applications including retrofits, new construction and green infrastructure.

Fabco’s range of cost-effective, durable products, are designed to meet increasingly stringent pollution control regulations and best management practices for municipal and commercial stormwater markets.

The Farmingdale, N.Y. based company offers sustainable, simple-to-maintain filtration solutions to meet virtually any stormwater pollution control challenge. With innovative, patented technology, a stellar reputation of proven performance, and high-quality products, Fabco is proud to provide “Evolved Stormwater Solutions.”

For more information on FABGUARD filters and the municipalities in which they are registered, please visit fabco-industries.com or contact John Markee at (631) 393-6024 ext. 114.

Fabco Trench Drain Filters – The Perfect Solution for Your Stormwater Runoff

Fabco Industries, Inc, a leader in stormwater management, provides custom evolved stormwater solutions to treat problems at the source. We design and manufacture high-performance stormwater filter systems, such as our Trench Drain Filter, for various treatment applications including retrofits, new construction, and green infrastructure.

Fabco’s Trench Drain Filter is one of many innovative products designed for both commercial and residential use. The Trench Drain Filter is a highly effective, easy-to-install stormwater filter designed to fit a wide range of flat-bottomed, trench drain inlets. The simple design traps the common sediment, trash, and debris within the trench while allowing the pretreated runoff water to pass through the filter and exit through the storm drain system.

A trench drain is a specific type of floor drain characterized by long length and narrow width. They are optimized for rapid evacuation of surface water with the cross-section of the drain being designed for the anticipated water flow. When strategically positioned across an open area. Trench drain’s intercept excess rain water flowing across the surface to prevent accumulation and then diverts it to safer collection area. Trench drains can vary from 1 inch to 2 feet in width, with depths that can reach 2 or more feet.

Fabco’s Trench Drain Filter™ is comprised of one or more perforated metal square tubes called debris shields and a Bypass hood assembly.  The perforated debris shield also encloses are placeable oil absorbent product for treating the water.

During normal operation, surface water entering the trench drain grate falls to the bottom of the channel and flows towards the outlet pipe. To effectively treat this flow of water, the Fabco Trench Drain Filter is installed a few inches in front of the outlet pipe, positioned to intercept and treat the full flow.

If you think Febco’s Trench Drain Filter may be the perfect evolved solution for your stormwater problem, please contact us today. Click here for complete specifications and a further description of the product.

Fabco and ACF Team to Introduce FocalPoint & StormPods for Salem, MA Stormwater Projects

When the City of Salem in Massachusetts required an innovative solution to solve critical issues with their stormwater drainage, Fabco and ACF joined forces to provide a custom evolved stormwater solution to treat the problem at the two sources.

Facing a two-phase project affecting both the cities’ North and South Rivers, including the Commercial Street neighborhood, ACF and Fabco Industries combined to employ both the FocalPoint system and Fabco’s exclusive StormPods.

Considering both the environmental problems this situation posed and the level of government compliance necessary, the City of Salem needed quick and effective solutions. ACF and Fabcowere proud to assist by offering their proven innovative technology.

The Salem Sound Coastal Watch outlined the persistent problems the community faced in apresentation entitled “A 21st Century Approach to Cleaning Stormwater” at the City’s 2016 symposium “Finding Solutions to Our Coastal Challenge.

The issues included oil and hydrocarbons left on the road by vehicular traffic and parking, sediments being washed into the North River due to missing landscape timbers that once contained the islands, and sediment and dog feces washing off Commercial Street and sidewalks ending up in the North River stormwater and outfall pipes.

, a scalable biofiltration system, offered a next-generation biofiltration solution for the Commercial Street and South River Projects. The system combines the efficiency of high-flow rate engineered soils with the durability and modularity of a high-pervious flat, box-shaped underdrain.

Fabco’s partner ACF, suggested the use of their patented StormPods, which are designed for stormwater hotspots such as parking lots, transportation centers, vehicle maintenance facilities, fueling locations, and industrial applications. The use of the StormPods allowed Fabco to effectively treat the major pollutants identified in surface water runoff. In both the Commercial Street and South River projects, this solution allowed the outlet screens to catch everything from oil to solids and floatables.

The Salem project showcased the capabilities of ACF and Fabco to combine environmentally effective new technology to handle unique circumstances. This example of a creative stormwater solution will have a lasting impact on the city’s drainage issues for years to come. Working collaboratively within special parameters, ACF and Fabco successfully accomplished their mission.

For further information on Fabco’s evolved stormwater solutions, please go to Fabco-Industries.com.


Is Rooftop Runoff Really Clean?

Technical Note #25 from Watershed Protection Techniques. 1(2): 84-85

Three recent papers investigated the quality of runoff from different roof surfaces.  Conventional wisdom holds that roof runoff is relatively clean. Its use as drinking water in rainwater cistern systems is well known. In other areas, managers maintain that cleaner roof runoff should be treated differently than runoff from dirtier parking lots and roads.  This view is supported by extensive monitoring data for several conventional pollutants such as sediment, nutrients, organic matter, and possibly bacteria.

However, according to recent studies, rooftop runoff is not cleaner with respect to dissolved and particulate metals such as copper, lead, and especially zinc.  Thomas and Greene (1993) sampled runoff from two kinds of roof surfaces at urban and industrial areas in Armidale, New South Wales (Australia). Good (1993) monitored runoff from five different roof surfaces in a  sawmill /wood processing plant on the coast of Washington.  Bannerman and his colleagues (1993) examined roof runoff samples from residential, commercial, and industrial sites in Wisconsin.

Monitoring results are compared in Table 1. As shown, industrial roofs had zinc levels that were two to 20 times greater than other urban source areas and often exceeded acute toxicity for aquatic life. It appears that galvanized roofing materials are a prime source of zinc in the urban landscape. Roofing materials, paints, and coatings are also suspected of being important sources of copper and lead as well. Roofs with copper flashing were found to have copper and lead concentrations up to six to eight times greater than galvanized roofs.

Good (1993) also conducted toxicity studies on roof runoff from the industrial site in Washington and found that several samples were acutely toxic to rainbow trout in bioassays. The toxicity was attributed to the rapid corrosion of galvanized metal roofs and the leaching of zinc and other contaminants. It was also thought that tar-covered roofs were a source of copper. Although  Good’s study only looked at the first flush from rooftops, there was evidence that toxicity remained high for up to three hours after the start of a storm. Taken together, the studies suggest that the perception that roof runoff is always a source of relatively clean water may not always hold true when industrial roof surfaces are considered. Galvanized roof coatings, in particular, appear to be a major source of zinc and other metals in the urban landscape.

The rooftop monitoring studies raise the intriguing possibility that the use of alternative roofing or roof coating materials could result in lower pollutant loadings. Thus, a pollution prevention approach that avoids or minimizes the use of metals in roofing materials could be an attractive solution. Further research into metal loading from urban roof surfaces will be helpful in designing these new roof surfaces.

Bannerman, R. 1994. “Sources of Urban Stormwater Pollutants
Defined in Wisconsin.” Tech. Note 15.
Watershed Protection Techniques. 1(1): 30-31.  1

Good, J.C. 1993. “Roof Runoff As a Diffuse Source of
Metals and Aquatic Toxicity in Stormwater.” Water
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Thomas, P.R. and G.R. Greene. 1993. “RainWater Quality
From Different Roof Catchments.” Water Science
Technology. 28 (3-5) pp. 291-297.  3

U.S. EPA. 1983. Results of the Nationwide Urban Runoff
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pp.  4

Clean Stormwater From the Top Down with FABCO DownSpout ™

When considering stormwater runoff from a commercial or industrial building site, water from rooftops can be overlooked or considered a relatively minor impairment to groundwater contamination. However, scientific studies have shown that rooftops in urban and industrial areas can be loaded with contaminants at far higher concentrations than anticipated. As a result, many stormwater managers are being environmentally pro-active and incorporating Fabco’s DownSpout  technology into their designs.

Runoff from roofs, although differing in concentrations from runoff generated from road surfaces or partially sealed surfaces, contains many of the same pollutants including TSS (particulates), nutrients, bacteria, hydrocarbon compounds. Also found are critically heavy metals, in particular: zinc, copper and even lead, which are released as a result of rain water reacting with the materials found in rooftop construction.

Fabco Industries, Inc. has been providing efficient and effective stormwater filter solutions for over 15 years. Our DownSpout systems remove both particulate and soluble pollutants such as heavy metals from rooftop runoff using one or more of our proprietary filter media products contained in sealed replaceable cartridges. The cartridge design has been proven through years of municipal and industrial stormwater use to provide maximum optimization for targeted pollutants while allowing fast exchange and safe disposal. The DownSpout filter can be expanded from the standard two-filter model to facilitate specialized contaminant removal or to accommodate higher flow rates. Above ground and sub-surface DownSpout designs are available.

DownSpout has been included in many new construction projects and building renovations, including libraries, municipal buildings, museums, hotels, and parking garages. It is also adaptable to existing properties such as waste transfer stations, metal fabricators/suppliers, scrap metal yards and simple metal buildings. DownSpout filters also make an excellent low-cost pre-filter for underground stormwater detention systems, keeping out grit and debris, extending their useful life and reducing costly maintenance.

Talk to us today about the benefits of protecting our water from the top down—with Fabco’s DownSpout.


Fabco Creates Storm Drain Solutions for Gas Stations

In 2015, stormwater fines and compliance directives totaled over 9 billion dollars throughout the country. In 2016, that figure is estimated to grow. In response to this incredible price tag, FABCO has helped create the SWEPE PROGRAM (SWEPE means StormWater Environmental Pollution Extraction). This innovative program is a cost-effective configuration of products and services that successfully deals with stormwater compliance problems.

Environmental agencies police all water entering municipal stormwater infrastructure. They test for stormwaters pollution entering these public aquifers and waterways through dry wells or stormwater inlets. Pollution left unfiltered can create health problems as well as damage to the ecological system, resulting in fines that can effect your financial status.

As Allan Leon of Leon Petroleum states, “We have learned in the past that it is much less expensive to install the filters and exchange them on a regular basis than it is to remediate the soil. Also the EPA and DEC are requiring that you remediate these dry wells or they can result in fines.”

The SWEPE Program helps protect both you from fines and local drinking water from pollutants by using specially designed products and services. This program filters polluted stormwater before it enters your inlet.

The program requires no demolition. No asphalt or concrete needs to be hammered out. Your business and parking lots will not be effected by the SWEPE installation. Afterwards, typical vehicle traffic and debris, including hydrocarbons, sediments, organics, greases, heavy metals, and bacteria are captured. They never enter the stormwater system.

Get The SWEPE today. Visit fabco-industries.com to get more information.

Fabco Goes In-House to Make Stormwater Filter System Prototypes

In an effort to produce high-performance stormwater filter system prototypes in a more timely fashion, Fabco Industries acquired a 3D printer. Previously, Fabco has relied on a rather costly and time-consuming process that involved outsourcing third party companies to build prototypes. With the acquisition of the S-Squared 3D printer, Fabco has brought the work of creating prototypes in-house, effectively shaving a lot of time off a task which previously could take up to 4 weeks to complete. Now Fabco is in total control over when these prototypes are completed and when live testing can be performed for a client, making the entire process much smoother and convenient for all involved. There is even a camera on the device that monitors the prints 24/7.

The S-Squared 3D printer bolsters a large printing area, 12”x12”x12”, or one cubic foot of printable area. It also has a unique printer head cooling system that was custom designed to keep extruder cold ends cold and provide material cooling for precision printing. Its low jam extruder nozzle is designed to reduce the incidents of jams from switching materials without switching the nozzle. With an extremely rigid aluminum frame, this machine will not have any chassis flex even under the most demanding printing. In fact, it’s so rigid you may only have to adjust it one time over its lifetime. Fabco Industries and their clients are sure to reap the benefits of having this highly advanced printer in-house very quickly.

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Your New EPA Registered Answer To Coliform Bacteria

Helix-Guide No boxFabco’s FabGuard™ media, designed to reduce coliform bacteria found in stormwater, industrial wastewater and municipal wastewater, was recently registered with the EPA. Field and laboratory testing of the FabGuard™ material has shown efficient bacteria reduction, even at relatively high flows rates. Here are more details about FabGuard™ and how Fabco can tailor it to the needs of your project.

How does the FabGuard™ technology work?

FabGuard™ is an open cell foam material that contains an antimicrobial agent that has proven effective in reducing coliform bacteria found in stormwater. The Antimicrobial agent is a patented chemical technology that, when applied to the FabGuard™ base material, forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged coating which bonds to the surface. At the microscopic level, imagine a layer of electrically charge fibers or spikes covering the surface of the FabGuard™ media. Coliform bacteria contained in stormwater that contact the treated FabGuard™ surface are punctured and neutralized.

With FabGuard™, Fabco offers various engineered field solutions for reducing coliform bacteria in stormwater, industrial wastewater and municipal wastewater.

FabGuard™ material can be implemented using Fabco’s replaceable cartridge technology for use in our catch basin insert line (StormBasin™) or in our StormSafe™ underground vaults. For a high-flow end-of-pipe solution, our patented Helix™ systems provide the highest treatment flow rates in a compact, economical design.

Fabco’s Helix™ is a sub-surface vault system that can be configured to treat stormwater flow rates up to 9 CFS. The scalable vault can be used as a standalone BMP, or as a secondary filtration device following pretreatment via a land based system or manufactured treatment device.  Click here to learn more.

We offer sustainable, simple-to-maintain filtration solutions to meet virtually any stormwater pollution control challenge. Innovative technology. Proven performance. Unbeatable quality and value. Discover all the reasons why Fabco gives you…Evolved Stormwater Solutions.Click here to learn more about Fabco Industries.