Blog3 November 2021

Infrastructural development reliant upon bespoke dewatering solution

The construction of a new industrial estate along the Kent coast was causing the main contractor – a leading civil engineering company – a number of issues. Properties were being built just a few yards away from the shoreline, bringing with it the challenge of contending with a very high water table.

Our client was operating to a strict deadline but losing valuable working time at the beginning of each day. This was caused by a need to pump out nuisance water that was forming overnight, preventing builders from continuing where they had left off the previous day.

To address this, we supplied two 4” super silent pumps to ensure that noise output was minimised. Utilising float switches on the pumps meant that they could function automatically throughout the night, hence the need to install pumps that were capable of quiet operation. We proposed this installation with convenience and efficiency in mind, as it meant the pumps would kick into action only when required.

Before devising a solution, we arranged for a local expert to conduct a site survey followed by a strategy meeting to give the client an insight into the factors that influenced our recommendation.

Increased groundwater caused by changing tides meant that some parts of the site were more affected than others, and this was something we needed to take into consideration. Once the reasons behind our suggestion were explained, a long-term pump hire was quickly agreed.

Our equipment was delivered shortly afterwards, where it will remain until all foundation work has been completed.