Based on the simple science of buoyancy, Thirsty Duck employs groundbreaking flow control technology that drains water at a nearly constant rate — requiring less detention volume and therefore reducing stormwater system size by up to 50%.
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The TD Series product line features an expanding bellows operation and is designed for applications needing discharges less than 1.5cfs (675 gpm)
The ER Series product line features a telescoping tube operation and is designed for applications needing more than 1.5 cfs (675 gpm)
Currently used coast to coast and approved by multiple state DOTs and environmental regulatory agencies, Thirsty Duck has delivered on its promises for customers all over.
The University of South Florida (USF) wanted to maximize the developmental potential of their Tampa campus because of their rapidly growing student population. But being constrained by four major roads that defined the campus perimeter, as well as increasingly stringent regulations, presented a challenging task.
We partnered with USF’s engineering team to optimize their stormwater system, using a Thirsty Duck. It resulted in a capacity increase equivalent to an additional 2.3 acres of directly connected impervious area (DCIA). This new developable land was not only an economic windfall, but more importantly, an opportunity to meet the needs of future students.
Toyota of Lakewood, a new dealership in Bradenton, FL, made arrangements with their adjacent neighbor to construct a shared stormwater system that spanned both properties. Unfortunately, the neighbor was unable to successfully secure the required construction easements and agreements.
We delivered a custom Thirsty Duck with a peak, constant discharge rate of 19 cfs and was able to demonstrate a 50% reduction in the required surface area for the detention pond — allowing the dealership to construct the project entirely on its own land with no reduction in proposed impervious surface.
Stratford Court and Glennwick Grove, two residential communities in Northwest Washington, wanted to reduce the size of their stormwater vault detention systems — allowing them to save on building expenses and preserve valuable lot space.
By using Thirsty Duck, both Stratford Court and Glennwick Grove were able to reduce the size of their stormwater vault detention systems by 12,000 and 10,500 cu ft, respectively. As a result, the developments maximized land and reduced construction costs.
The Bellingham International Airport, owned and operated by the Port of Bellingham Port Authority, received a grant from the FAA to convert a seven-acre wet stormwater detention pond to a dry one. It was all part of an effort to discourage waterfowl from inhabiting the pond area, which was located immediately next to the main runway.
While performing the necessary hydrologic and hydraulic analysis for the system conversion, the Port Authority included the entirety of its plans for future development. By incorporating a Thirsty Duck into the outfall design, we were able to demonstrate that the detention pond could in fact be converted — and also accommodate the ultimate build-out of the airport without the need for pond expansion.
McKechnie Field, the spring training facility of the Pittsburgh Pirates, underwent a dramatic renovation that required modifications to their stormwater system. The original pond was not designed to current water quality or quantity standards, which meant it would have had to be expanded.
Engineers looked to us for a solution that would maximize the efficiency of the discharge weir and minimize the footprint of the stormwater facility. So we installed a Thirsty Duck that produced a peak constant flow rate of 19.8 cfs, increasing stormwater vault capacity without sacrificing space for new features such as parking, fan seating or player facilities.