If you work on a construction site, chances are you have heard about the use and benefits of inlet filters. And depending on your actual position, you may or may not be involved in the decision-making process of purchasing inlet filters. However, if you are, there are some great benefits that come along with using inlet filters on your construction sites, namely maintaining safety and health of your workers, the local community, and the local fresh, unfiltered water supply. When considering all of your inlet filter options, here are a few things that you will want to keep an eye out for:
Efficiency- The first, and most obvious, thing to look for in the right inlet filter is that it will work and do the job it was created for. The most effective inlet filters mean that it fits below the grate. It also means that even when the filter is full of sediment and debris, the water can still flow through the storm drain without it causing flooding or pooling on the street or near the drain.
It's Within Your Budget - The next thing to look for is affordability. In order for any inlet filter to be worth the money you pay for it, it needs to have a low per-unit cost and it needs to be easy to maintain. If either one of these does not apply, you should look for a different inlet filter.
You Can Reuse It - Reusable inlet filters and sediment bags are a necessity when there is continual work on construction sites across the country. This also ties in directly with it being within your budget, as reusing equipment can save you quite a bundle.
It Adjusts Easily - Because not all storm drains and grates are created to be the exact same size, the right inlet filter needs to adjust easily. You should be able to incrementally bring in the sides of the filter until it is the perfect fit for your particular needs.
It Configures Properly - Again, because storm drains are as unique as your construction crew, you should look for an inlet filter that can be configured. This does not just mean the actual filter itself needs to be configurable, but also the steel frame. It's about convenience and utility.
Inlet filters come in a variety of shapes with a variety of features. Your job is to find the right mix of features to make your job easier and to keep your construction site safe, clear, and environmentally conscious.