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 that all relevant legislation and regulations were adhered to, Stonbury employed a specialist asbestos consultant, to act as an independent analyst and advise during the works.
We commenced by creating 2no. 2mtr x 2mtr openings into the reservoir roof, along with scaffold staircases down into the reservoir, this served as adequate and safe access and egress for the works to be carried out. Scaffold staircases were also erected onto the embankment, with separate designated walkways from these to the access points of the reservoir, allowing the risk of contamination to be restricted.
Full decontamination units were set-up at the bottom of the access staircase to ensure no contamination was spread. A full asbestos clean of the reservoir was undertaken, followed by encapsulation of the inlet main in its entirety, using MasterSeal 933, a DWI Regulation 31 approved product. The application was strictly monitored and all application and curing data recorded.
Following rigorous air and disturbance testing by the specialist asbestos consultant, the reservoir was signed-off as asbestos free. The reservoir roof was reinstated around the new roof openings, before returning to the client.