Thames uses mobile soil recycling unit for pipe projects
A state-of-the-art mobile recycling unit is playing a vital part in Thames Water's ongoing project to repair and restore its water mains.
The Stabiltech recycling unit processes excavated material before combining it with other substances and sending it to help backfill the land following the pipe repair. The high production mobile recycling truck, developed by multi-utility contractor Conroys Group, can visit multiple sites in the course of a week, saving time and cost and cutting waste.
Mains repair and rehabilitation is being carried out by Thames Water’s eight2O alliance as part of the utility’s investment into its network, and involves the repair and replacement of old trunk mains that supply the company’s nine million customers with high quality drinking water.
Jenny Minford, environmental advisor at Thames Water, said: “This process means that waste can be turned into a material product for use on our works.
“It reduces costs and carbon, since there is less reliance on imported materials and there are fewer vehicle movements from deliveries and muck-away.”
The mains rehabilitation programme is a key project for the company in reducing leakage, as it targets pipes which are in poor conditions and makes the network more resilient.
The excavated material is from the ground which surrounds the pipes, plus sections of the pipe which have had to be dug out and repaired.
The recycling unit is also helping the company achieve its target of not sending any excavated material to landfill, and reducing its carbon footprint.
- SWW to reduce sewer flooding in village South West Water (SWW) is about to start work on an innovative scheme to reduce sewer flooding in the South Hams village... Read More >
- Irish Water warns of lead contamination risk in drinking water Irish Water has warned that thousands of households in the Irish Republic could be at risk from lead contamination in... Read More >
- Sewer blockages cost water firms £70M last year Around £70M was spent by water companies in England and Wales during 2013-14 to clear more than 300,000 sewer blockages,... Read More >
- Comment: Ease off the pressure to keep leaks in check Keeping leaks in check is a major challenge for water companies but one that can be met with variable speed drives to... Read More >
- Woolmans Wood: Driving down disruption Southern Water and Clancy Docwra discuss the challenges of keeping disruption to a minimum on a 30km mains replacement... Read More >
- Water theft: Laying down the law Whether it is unauthorised connections or the illegal use of standpipes, water companies are increasingly clamping down on... Read More >
- Opinion: Action needed on product specifications and skills BPF Pipes Group president Derek Muckle calls for a basic engineering and procurement skillset to set the standard for what... Read More >
- Innovative survey technology helps CWA pipeline project A £10M project that saw CWA add a duplication main in North Lanarkshire involved the use of PureTech's PipeDiver... Read More >