Supplying Safe Drinking Water A Major Challenge

The scientific world seems to agree that one of the most devastating effects of climate change in the next 30 years or so will be a decrease in the amount of readily accessible fresh water, especially in poorer countries. Underground aquifers in Africa, the Middle East, India and part of China are essential to the survival of millions of people, but they are being depleted by overuse.

Water Pipelines a Necessary Part of Infrastructure

Thousands of kilometres of water pipelines already criss-cross our planet. It is extremely likely that to get water from where it is plentiful to where it is needed most will be a pressing need in the not-too-distant future. If this happens, water pipelines will continue to be a necessary part of the infrastructure of most countries.

Materials Used Must be Safe for Human Consumption

For this water to be safe for human consumption, the materials that can be used in water pipeline construction should be identified in the planning stages of the project. Many materials may come into contact with water as it is travelling through a pipeline. Coatings, lubricants, lining material and sealants are just some used that must be compliant with Australian standards.

We are pipeline installation specialists for the mining, gas and minerals processing industries, providing innovative pipeline constructions solutions for our clients. At Reay Services Group, we use several different types of pipelines, depending on the type of project, but typically HDPE, DICL, fibreglass reinforced pipe, steel, concrete and Storm Pro pipelines.

Australian Standards must be Followed

Most of the pipeline work we do involves the transportation via pipelines of gas drainage and reticulation, while the water pipelines we construct convey slurry, storm water, culvert and dam water systems. However, in the event that any of our pipelines are carrying potable water, our construction processes are compliant with all the required Australian standards.

Which Piping is Suitable?

HDPE is suitable for cold water applications although some high-temperature formulations are in use. DICL (ductile iron cement mortar lined) pipe is commonly used for potable water and meets national and international standards. Some fibreglass reinforced pipe brands have also been approved for transporting potable water.

Storm Pro Pipe, as its name suggests, is used for dispersing storm water, while steel and concrete pipelines have multiple uses. Lining material is critical to safety and cement mortar has been proven safe for potable water. This has been in use since the 1840s, and with improvements made in the 1920s, is still widely used today.

As pipeline installation contractors, we work with our clients to get the material specifications right at the beginning of the project. Where drinking water is concerned, we ensure that every material we are using meets all the required safety standards.

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