When you are in charge of a construction project, you face various issues every day. One surprise issue that might come up is excess water. This is usually the result of working during the rainy season or digging around the water table. All that water can cause problems for you like delays and damage to your work. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that your site returns to its previous dry state:
Look at Dewatering
When faced with excess water, you will essentially be dewatering. Dewatering is the process of removing the excess water from your site, even from the ground. It usually involves the use of a heavy-duty dewatering pump to get the water out and redirect it to somewhere else.
But it isn’t as easy as that. There are various methods for dewatering out there. The four main choices are the wellpoint method, the use of eductor wells, open sump pumping, and the deep wellpoint method. Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, the wellpoint method is ideal for working with the water table since it drains the water around the soil of the area, ensuring you have dry soil. Work with your team to choose the method that works best for you.
Take the Necessary Precautions
You need to be careful about what you will do with the water you are removing though. Several problems that can result from dumping it in the wrong place. For one, water that you remove from your site usually has a large number of contaminants in it. This includes mud, concrete, and more. Dumping all of that into a nearby river is not exactly a good idea. Even if the water you are disposing of is clean, it will still cause problems by flooding the area with all of the water added to the area.
One interesting way to reduce the number of pollutants in the water, you can use dewatering bags. These bags are made of geotextile fabrics that filter out all the sediments from the water.
Be Aware of the Proper Water Disposal Methods
When getting rid of the excess water, there are several options available. For example, if the excess water comes from the local water table, you can decide to return it to the aquifer but you’ll have to ensure that the water is clean. This is the same approach you would take when discharging the water to the local waterways.
But you can also use all that water for your construction. Recycling the excess water is an efficient solution since it reduces your need for outside water sources. Just store the water in tanks and tap those when you need the water. Another use for the water is for irrigation of the local plant life. This can be useful if you want to maintain the greenery around the area.
Letting the excess water stay in your construction site will only cause more problems. With the right approach, you can ensure that your construction site stays dry. Additionally, you can ensure that all of the excess water doesn’t cause any problems for anyone else.