DrainEezy® Maxi Filtration System Installation & Service Guide

Read this guide:

  • To determine if this DrainEezy® Filtration System is suitable for your application
  • To plan installation
  • For servicing guidelines

How does it work?

The DrainEezy® Maxi Filtration System is a self-contained separator that can be installed at the end of, or within, a site drainage system. It can process up to 160 litres of water per minute and has a capacity of up to 30L of hydrocarbons.

The Maxi system comprises a chamber which directs the flow of water through four levels of sediment and hydrocarbon filtration:

  1. First, the water passes through three grades of sediment filtration media: coarse, medium and fine. These can be removed and washed clean or replaced (see Service Pack details below).
  2. Secondly, the water passes through two DrainEezy® Bund Filters. These filters use a proprietary blend of smart polymers to absorb hydrocarbons and turn them into a solid substance, trapping them permanently inside the filter. The quantity of smart polymer inside the filters is designed to block the filter once fully activated. This provides a failsafe pollution prevention mechanism in the event that the drainage system is inundated with hydrocarbon pollutants (a spill) or when the filter has reached capacity. Each Bund Filter has a capacity of up to 14L of hydrocarbons and will work effectively with a range of hydrocarbons including fuels and oils. It can be easily replaced.
  3. Next water exits the Bund Filters and passes through two DrainEezy® Activated Carbon Filters which will remove any traces of hydrocarbons that are left in the water. We recommend that these are changed at the same time as the other filters.
  4. Lastly, the discharge chamber contains two Green Rhino Oil Retention Pillows as a final belt-and-braces measure. These pillows contain the same smart polymers used in the DrainEezy® Bund Filters and have a capacity of 1L of hydrocarbons each.

This plug-and-play system utilises standard 4” (11cm) pipe connectors and has no power or internet requirements.

The system is designed to operate to Class 1 (full retention) oil water separator guidelines, discharging water with a hydrocarbon content of no more than 5ppm. Unlike traditional oil water separators, the system also targets emulsified, diluted and dissolved phase hydrocarbons.


The physical characteristics of the Maxi system are:

Dimensions:    61cm (H) x 86cm (W) x 167cm (L).

Weight:            114kg

Under normal circumstances the Maxi operates under gravitational pressure and is designed to be installed below ground in an inspection chamber. It can be installed either at the outfall of a drainage system or as an inline processing unit.

The system is supplied as a sealed unit that has an inlet and an outlet at the same end, both using standard 4” (110mm) pipe connections. You should not need to remove the lid of the chamber before or during installation.

Once a location for the system has been determined, we recommend that an excavation is dug and a concrete based laid with a 30cm sump.

To house the system, you can construct a concrete or block chamber or use a composite interlocking chamber (e.g. Cubis RapidSTACK™). Internal measurements should be no less than 250cm x 150cm.

Once an undergrounding housing chamber and drainage infrastructure are in place the Maxi can be dropped into position and connected to the drainage pipework.

The system includes a shut-off valve which should be in the open position during operational use and in the closed position during maintenance or inspection.

Note: If the Maxi system is fed from a bund or sump, consider placing one or more Green Rhino Oil Retention Pillows in the bund to pre-clean the water. This is a cost-effective way to extend the life of the DrainEezy® Bund Filter inside the Maxi system.


How often your Maxi system will need to be serviced will depend entirely on the volume of sediment and hydrocarbons passing through the system.

As long as water continues to flow through the system fast enough to prevent a backlog then the Maxi system does not need servicing. However, if using the system to treat complex hydrocarbons like those found in wood preservatives then we recommend replacing the filters every 18 months to ensure performance.

A permanent back up of water on the inflow side will indicate that the system is blocked and requires servicing.

A blockage can be caused in three ways:

  • The sediment filtration media have become clogged with silt or other debris. There are three sediment filters – coarse, medium and fine – and these can all be lifted out and cleaned. If hydrocarbons are present, water used for washing should be treated as contaminated and disposed in a hazardous waste bin.
  • The two DrainEezy® Bund Filters are designed to seal once they have reached hydrocarbon capacity. Flow will reduce substantially as the filters reach capacity. We recommend that at least one replacement filter is always kept on site to minimise interruptions to site drainage. Filters can be easily disconnected and replaced. Note that filters can weigh up to 20kg when saturated and could pose a manual handling risk. Spent filters should be disposed of as hazardous waste. The disposal code for used filters is EWC 15 02 02.
  • The inflow or outflow may become blocked or a blockage/disruption may occur  elsewhere in the drainage run.

To service the system, close the gate valve on the inlet and remove the lid.

Replacement Parts

If you need to replace the DrainEezy® Bund Filter, we recommend that you purchase a Service Pack which include replacements for all the consumables in the Maxi system.

GRR 03 10 00 HRFDrainEezy® Bund Filter for Hydrocarbons 14L
GRR 92 50 04 SERVService Pack for DrainEezy® Maxi Filtration System
3x Filtration Media (Coarse/Medium/Fine)
2x DrainEezy® Bund Filter for Hydrocarbons 14L
2x DrainEezy® Activated Carbon Filter
2x Oil Retention Pillow

The Activated Carbon Filters will not block but we recommend they are replaced at the same time as the Bund Filters.

Call 01206 299388 or email sales@greenrhinoglobal.com for pricing.