Considering the Environment When Carrying Out Drainage Works

If you have a drainage issue, there are many different companies able to provide drainage services.  When considering a response, completing drainage works from an environmental perspective can have extensive benefits, which this blog will discuss.

Proactive approach

Reacting to drainage problems can cost more in the long run, especially if there is a lingering problem that is not addressed.  Being more proactive and building in regular Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) to your existing environmental management system can be hugely beneficial.  Regular visits (usually every 6 months) will identify issues before they cause a call out and reduce the reactive problems that you need to tackle.  In the event that you do have a call out, you will have more comprehensive knowledge about your site drainage that should make a resolution swifter.

Pollution prevention

Drains carry water away from your site to watercourses and sewage treatment works.  Without the necessary pollution control measures, maintenance and control of them, contaminated water could cause environmental pollution.  Site run-off can become contaminated with grit, silt, oils, diesel, chemicals, litter and anything else that eventually ends up in your drains because of your activities.  Internal drains could also become contaminated with anything flushed down toilets or poured into sinks such as wipes or fat.  If your maintenance provider has this in mind, you can help to ensure that you don’t accidentally cause problems and are able to identify issues before they develop, causing environmental pollution off site.  Recommendations to further assist your pollution efforts may also be forthcoming as part of your maintenance visit, allowing you to plan environmental improvements in an informed way.

The Whole Picture

Drainage issues could be dealt with in isolation; if a drain is blocked, it can be unblocked.  However, taking into consideration the cause of the blockage can give insight into further issues that could cause problems down the line.  Taking a full view of your site and drainage arrangements, you will be able to manage the whole picture and prevent resolutions in one area affecting another negatively.

Informed Emergency Response

Managing your drains in an all-inclusive way, with an eye on environmental management will give you all of the information you need about your site below ground to accurately inform your emergency response.  You will be able to use the information gathered by your drainage provider to assess what controls are already in place (e.g. interceptors or penstock valves) and whether any additional controls are required.  All emergency plans should be site specific and include these details so emergencies can be acted upon immediately and minimise any environmental damage that could occur as a result.

As well as resolving immediate drainage problem, your drainage provider could assist you in managing the environmental risks from your site.  With full knowledge and experience in drainage and pollution control, a proactive response, taking into account the full picture can reduce reactive problems and help you inform your emergency response.