The most important factor in pipeline installation is ensuring that water pipes are water resistant as well as leak proof. A leaking water pipe may lead to contaminants entering the water delivery system making the water dangerous for human consumption or dangerous if consumed. Civil and construction engineers are employed to put into place a number of innovations and apply techniques to ensure the safety of our drinking water. These innovations and techniques begin at the design and manufacturing process of the pipes and lead all the way up to the way in which the pipes are installed.
The pipelines running under our cities and towns need to be large enough to carry a large volume of water at one time and deliver the water to our homes. These pipes were traditionally made from some form of cement or concrete. The pipes were then lined with bitumen or tar to seal any joints or weak areas that might result in leaks over time. Newer technology uses materials that are non-corrosive and have greater water resistant properties. These pipes are being used in all new pipeline installation around the country as well as to replace existing pipelines that have deteriorated beyond repair around South Africa.
The pipelines still however come in parts that need to be joined together to successfully transport the flow of water. These joins are the weak points where leaks can easily occur and colourless water repellent as well as liquid plastic injection technology is employed to seal the joints, reinforce the pipelines as well as prevent water damage from occurring through corrosion and deterioration of the water pipes.
To find out more about the methods and techniques that are employed in pipeline installation to ensure the clean and efficient delivery of water to homes and buildings, simply contact us.