With spring comes two things: the onset of construction season for most of our country and rain- lots and lots of rain. The unpredictability of storms and the amount of rainfall is all a guessing game. Jobsites flood, work stalls and projects get delayed. Rain makes it hard to keep dry and on-schedule.
What’s the solution?
Dewatering is a technique used to control groundwater on a jobsite. In layman’s terms, it’s the non-toxic process of separating solid waste from sludge and temporarily lowering groundwater levels for drier and more stable working conditions.
Groundwater has a major impact on any construction site.
Water can damage construction equipment or slow down operations. The presence of water can also obstruct certain site tasks, such as pouring concrete. In addition to draining retention ponds or valleys of water, dewatering can also be used to drain underground water, which helps to dry the soil to make it more suitable for construction. Dry soil reduces the risk of sediment being carried off by water and helps to stabilize the landscape.
Having water on the job site can also produce unsafe working conditions. Not only is groundwater a tripping hazard for workers but standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. Dewatering helps eliminate these issues, not only safeguarding your worker’s health but also following environmental regulations.
Dewatering has environmental benefits.
Environmental protection plays a key role in most markets and industries these days, including construction. With the government imposing stricter laws around the disposal of wastewater, it is more important than ever that we find environmental friendly solutions for its elimination. Dewatering is an eco-friendly, as well as economical, solution for many companies.
It makes sense that dewatering helps clean up the environment since it removes harmful waste and toxins from the water. But one thing you may not have taken into account is that this filtered water can be reused on the site itself or for other purposes. This saves on the cost of having to use water from mains or from other sources such as rivers. All of this while lowering the cost of the labor and transportation of fresh water to the jobsite.