Stonbury are immensely proud to be supporting our clients across the UK at such a crucial time and have been designated as 'key workers' by DEFRA and the UK water utility companies. Our teams are working tirelessly to help secure and maintain drinking water supplies, ensuring clean and safe drinking water is provided without interruption to critical services such as our hospitals as well as the general public. Now more than ever, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance and we have adapted our safe working practices to ensure social distancing precautions are in place and that the correct hygiene practices are being followed. Making safety is our priority, and we endeavour to make sure everyone at Stonbury goes home safe to their family.
To ensure minimal disruption and uninterrupted service, Stonbury were challenged to complete all refurbishment works in a timely manner. As a twin compartment reservoir, half of the reservoir was kept in service at all times.
The reservoir was a particularly deep asset and so extra precautions were taken when working at height, specialist scaffoldings were also erected to facilitate the works. Appropriate safe systems of work were applied for safe entry and exit to the confined space. A fall arrest tripod and winch were installed for use.
As half of the reservoir remained in service for the duration of the works, extra precautions were considered, due to working over live on the reservoir roof. Any potential damages caused to the roof slab directly or to any existing joint material, where ingress could be a possibility, Site Operatives were instructed to stop works immediately and report the damages. Where necessary, immediate repairs were carried out.
After the floor and wall joints were resealed with the joint overbanding system, the columns were then rendered to prevent further deterioration and provide the required protection. Pull-off tests were carried out to ensure all coatings had sufficiently adhered. All temperatures were also recorded, to ensure the coatings were applied as per the manufacturers IFU (Information for Use).
Pipework and steelwork were then coated, using the same systems. All products used in the reservoir were approved for use with potable water and in accordance to DWI Regulation 31. After the required amount of cure time, the reservoir was ready for clean and final chlorination, before returned to service.