Rainwater Harvesting with Reusable Flexible Pipework

During the brickwork construction of this project, an issue was experienced with the rooftop rainwater outlets causing some staining to the new brickwork on wet days. When the situation was reviewed by the Contracts Manager taking into account their environmental policies and procedures, they decided to fit flexible 100mm pipework to the outlet spigots at high level with a 6m long drop.

This then provided the bricklayers with a suitable water supply to wash tools and add to cement as required. The water was also stored in suitable containers for use on dry days, preventing the need to use the mains water supply.

Using the 100mm plastic pipework provided the opportunity to cut to the correct length as the scaffolding platform was erected. This also allowed the flexible pipework to be clipped to the outside face of the scaffolding to act as a temporary rainwater downpipe.

Using this rainwater harvesting system also helped with the quality and appearance of the brickwork. On completion of the brickwork the 100mm flexible pipe will be used below ground for electrical cables.

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