Every type of construction site can benefit from having access to a steady amount of water, and yet making sure that you have access to water is something that is going to require some planning and good water management principles. In South Africa, there is no doubt that water is a scarcity and a commodity. So both getting it to your construction site and making sure that it is correctly managed so that nothing goes to waste is something that every construction site project manager needs to keep in mind.
Every day that a construction project is being worked on, a considerable amount of water is going to be used. Water is necessary in numerous day to day operations and unless there is a water management solution in place, there is a good chance that millions of litres will go to waste.
Good water management practices are going to vary between making sure that initially there is a solid solution set up and also that the practices for day to day usage are properly implemented. If you don’t do the right thing from the get go, by ensuring that water is being correctly brought to the site, then you are already losing half of the battle.
How to bring water to a construction site?
The most common way to bring water to a construction site is to use a water tanker, which is essentially a truck. This is a common method because for the most part, new construction sites don’t have plumbing and the necessary water infrastructure.
For longer term water access, it is advisable to add water tanks to the site, where water can be stored and replenished using both the water trucks and through the collection of rain water. Water harvesting is an inexpensive way to ensure that you have access to “free” water, but you need to make sure that you have set up the system in such a way that it can provide water to the site while also being able to effectively collect water.
How is water used on a construction site?
Water is a construction site essential and there are many different ways that you can incorporate it into the work that you are doing. The most common examples of water being used on a construction site include:
- To have as drinking water. You can’t always have loads of bought water bottles brought to your construction site for drinking, so an alternative option is better.
- To run hygienic ablution facilities.
- To have on site for mixing cement, when the time comes to build.
- To clean up the machinery, the tools, and anything else that gets dirty.
- To keep dust suppressed so that it doesn’t become a hindrance.
Whenever you are bringing water onto a construction site, for whatever reasons you might have, it is important that you know how to effectively save the water you have and to recycle the water so that you also save on costs.
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