Editor’s note: This is the first installment of RK Water’s “Understanding Dewatering” series.
By Steven Cummings, RK Water Account Executive
Before and during the excavation phase, project developers, architects, general contractors and other project partners take many considerations into account when planning the groundwork for a project including soil analysis, solar angles and other site-specific conditions. One of the most overlooked and under-valued planning activities involves an analysis of groundwater on the project site and how it may affect the project. This step is essential; those who skip it are at risk for project shut down or slow down due to unidentified water.
Dewatering is the action of removing groundwater or surface water from a construction site. It’s most commonly performed due to water that has accumulated during excavations or in places with a high water table. In these cases, the water must be removed for safety in order to proceed with construction as scheduled.
So, what’s required to dewater your next project? We will dive into four key pillars in future blogs to include:
- Representative groundwater sampling
- Flow rates and dewatering methodologies
- Permitting – Which one is appropriate to your project?
- Treatment methodologies
With proper planning, treatment of groundwater on construction projects can be a manageable process that allows your timeline to remain on track.
Did you know that RK Water provides temporary and permanent dewatering services? Our team treats a wide variety of water contamination issues in dewatering operations from Total Suspended Solids (TSS) removal to complicated remediation activities. RK Water approaches every project with a high level of engagement leading up to project commencement followed by unmatched field service during dewatering and remediation operations. Contact Steven Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a groundwater plan for your next project.