While piping is used to transport many different mediums including gas and compressed air, it is also used to safely carry the chemicals needed to treat recycled and potable water.
Justin Allingham, Allmach’s senior technician and water expert, discusses his thoughts on the water processing and treatment industry:
“As a crucial commodity that’s critical to our growing population, there are lots of upgrades and new infrastructure being developed to meet the increasing demand. The market is extremely active, with Sydney spending $10 billion two years into their 10-year plan, and similar circumstances unfolding across in New Zealand.
We also have a lot of ageing infrastructure that has been renovated and expanded, so there’s a lot of activity in that market. Our key products to support this activity are GARDUS DCH (dual containment hose), uPVC pipe fittings, poly fittings, and SurePress stainless steel.”
“Sometimes people will just use cheap piping solutions which are essentially a bit of poly piping inside another piece of poly. This is not ideal, as it may prevent the spillage from getting out, but there is no way to know where the leak is. The gap between the two pipes keeps filling and if the length of piping is significant, there will be a lot of wastage”.
“The distinctive feature of our system is that one of the pipes is external, and it is made of polyurethane, the same material used for undersea cables” says Justin. “It is exceptionally strong and robust, making it resistant to damage from rocks and stones on building sites. In contrast, other piping systems use PVC, which is soft and prone to damage that may result in spillage.”
An example of DCH being used to treat wastewater is seen in the ammonia dosing upgrade at SEQ Water’s North Pine Dam. The project deployed Allmach’s GARDUS solution to ensure the chemicals used to treat the water were contained within a leak proof environment.