World Water Day 2017

World Water Day 2017

Today, the 22nd March, is a global celebration day, known as World Water Day, created by the United Nations back in 1993.  You may be asking why we need this – what’s it all about?

The United Nations General Assembly took the view that there was a vital need, to highlight to the world, the problems being faced globally with regards to water, not just as a natural resource – being the main building block in the life and survival of every single human being – but as a vital necessity for society and, for life as we know it, to be maintained.

In an ever-changing and developing world, water is needed on a health and social level, but in addition, a large part of our economy relies on water, with over half of the world’s population, in some way, working with water or being involved in water-related industries.  Running a small office with four employees, a small café on the High Street or a multinational corporation – all only continuing to trade and exist due to the provision of water.

To try and increase awareness and illustrate the concerns regarding water, the UN chooses a new theme each year – an expression of water’s importance that can be visualised and understood around the world.   Each country is encouraged to arrange events and celebrations for World Water Day based on their needs and requirements for water within their own national society.

For example, in previous years they have had Water for Sanitation, Water and Food Security (the lack of water means lack of food), and Water for Cities, responding to the increase in water usage due to our ever-growing urban cities.

Fresh water, in particular, is very much taken for granted.  For the majority of us, taking a shower, flushing a toilet and having a drink of water is a natural daily occurrence, however many countries around the world lack this basic resource resulting in famine and death.

The theme for 2017, is called ‘Wastewater’ and is highlighting the drastic need to reduce water wastage but also identify ways to reuse water in an attempt to maintain and improve the world’s demand on our precious resource.

Therefore, we thought it would be helpful – in giving our support to World Water Day – to provide you with some hints on how you can reduce your water usage, reuse your water and a key tip on how to check that you not unknowingly wasting water:-

  1. Fit your toilets with a double flush mechanism – this allows a very short flush (needed for most occasions) and reduces water usage.
  1. Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth, just turn on to rinse.
  1. Shower rather than bathe – whilst we all love to stand and debate our day in the relaxing heat of a shower – let’s use it for what it’s for – get in, get washed and get out.
  1. Make the most of the rains – set up water butts around your property to make the most of storing the water which can be then be used for watering the garden.
  1. In hotter times, use pans of cooled cooking water or bath water to water plants.
  1. Make sure taps are switched off properly and not left to drip.
  1. And keep an eye on your usage by checking your water bills. Water leaks, even small ones, will be leaking clean water – water that incurred a cost to be cleaned and sent to your home – if you have a leak then you need to deal with the problem swiftly.

Working together to improve our water usage and learn to reuse water – just as we have with the recycling of goods and rubbish – is the aim and now, innovative technology has been created to assist with reducing water wastage.  If you are concerned that you have a leak in your home or business premises, then a simple scan of the structure of the property – using various types of technology such as infrared – can identify a leak or damp patch and pinpoint its location.  This allows a swift, cost effective, repair.

You avoid the cost of extensive rectification works and help to support the UN and World Water Day by being more conscious of the ways in which water can be wasted.

Happy World Water Day!

Parks and Football Pitches – Don’t Let Water Leaks Win

Parks and Football Pitches – Don’t Let Water Leaks Win

Parks and Football Pitches – Healthy Grass Using Less Water 

It’s probably safe to say that for most of us, the sight of green grass brings about images of sunshine, happy times, holidays, games and long summer days.  At some point, we all make use of our communal parks, greens and sports facilities, whether it’s for an afternoon stroll, a picnic with the family or a football game.  However, keeping the grass green and fresh in these large facilities is no easy task.

It’s common knowledge that Dubai experiences lots of sun and too little rainfall, resulting in large shortages of water for the people of the UAE.  As a result, Dubai has been looking at ways of reducing water usage, particularly with the watering of grass and shrubs in the parks and sports facilities.

Various methods are used to maintain the grass keeping it healthy and usable but they all have their faults.  Irrigation systems are the common theme, but many experience problems.

Spray irrigation systems not only pose the problem of the water droplets evaporating in the heat before they hit the ground, but they are not ideal in public parks.  Nobody wants to walk through a park under a pipe network being sprayed with water, it’s not possible.  They are more suitable for agricultural land.

Another system utilised is the drop type irrigation, where pipes are laid under the land and small holes let out drops of water right at the grass’s roots, avoiding evaporation.  However, with the sandy realms common in these climates, the water often sinks through into the sand below.

A newer idea and more complex than that above, is to excavate the area to be irrigated, lay a water proof membrane to prevent water sinking away through the sand, then lay the gravel and pipework, with turf laid on top.  This way the roots are being watered directly but any excess water accumulates, advantageous in drier periods as it remains inside the membrane, decreasing the water usage.

However, these systems are only appropriate and cost effective if they are properly maintained and kept in good working order.  It’s pointless if the area floods and games pitches cannot be used and matches have to be canceled and it is not ideal to have a picnic in a waterlogged park.

Particularly with the two underground irrigation systems above, if either one of those experiences a leak or damage to the pipework, it would be a very expensive task to dig up the pipes to locate the leak.  All that water and money saved, only to be spent on rectification costs.

The good news is that to assist these new ideas and improvements to reduce water usage, there is now new innovative technology that can be used to help maintain these irrigation systems.  Experts using specialised equipment, scan the ground using infrared and thermal imaging, allowing leaks to be swiftly detected and their exact location pinpointed, allowing small, cost effective repairs to be carried out.  In addition, when a new irrigation system is laid, a sensory system can be installed into the pipework which will alert you to any leaks or water problems within the system, again allowing a proactive approach to maintenance rather than reactive.

If you are responsible for maintaining the large public parks or sports centres and want to ensure your irrigation system is working to its full potential, contact us and arrange for your site to be investigated – working together to keep Dubai green!

For information on how we can help if you suspect a leak, consult LeakDTech’s professionals now!

Residential and Commercial Property Checks – Pressure testing plumbing lines on new buildings.

Residential and Commercial Property Checks – Pressure testing plumbing lines on new buildings.

Pressure Testing Plumbing Lines – Can Your New Plumbing Lines Pass The Pressure Test?

With all areas of construction, whether residential, commercial or industrial, many tests and checks have to be carried out to ensure that the completed buildings are safe for use.  This can range from gas supply leak checks and the testing of electricity supplies, to the certification of properly fitted doors and windows.

However, one important element that has to be thoroughly checked is the pipework and water systems.  Water is a destructive natural force and damage from any water escape can cost thousands of pounds.

Installing a new water system into a property is not just about providing running water from a tap and the ability to flush a toilet; there are various aspects to consider including:-

  • Minimising the sound of water flow, either when running through pipes or from the tank.
  • The material of the fitted pipes should be appropriate for the temperatures of the flowing water and local standards.
  • Pipework needs to be compatible with and properly connected to heating or cooling systems.
  • Line pressure of the water flow in and out of the system is correct, thereby avoiding contamination, backflow, leaks and burst pipes.

A water system is a continuous cycle and the pressure applied is what forces the water around that system.  The flow of the water has to be varied for different uses; you would not want the water from a kitchen tap to gush at the same rate as it would to flush a toilet. Too little pressure would result in a trickle from your tap, not ideal when filling a bathtub.

Therefore, the system has to be set up correctly with the appropriate rate of pressure being applied where necessary.   You need to consider where the water is flowing to, for example if it is being sent up a twenty storey office block; a higher amount of pressure would be needed via a booster pump compared to sending it to the upstairs bathroom in a house.

One common danger is when the pressure that is applied is too much and the force of the water causes a burst pipe.  Incorrect pressure can also cause trapped air pockets, increasing the pressure on the valves and seals.  In most systems, water pumps and pressure valves are used to control the water flow but it is vital to test the property after installation, to ensure the level of pressure is correct and instigating a system of regular monitoring and maintenance to avoid water leaks.

Many websites attempt to advise on how to check the pressure of your water system – filling with water using gravity, taking measurements and making calculations – but do you really have the time and skill to do this and be confident that you pipe-line installations are correctly installed with zero leaks?

A cost effective way to have the entire pipe system checked (both supply and drainage lines), is ensuring pipe integrity via the use of higher pressure testing up to full design pressure instead of that of just gravity.  Also checking that water flow is safe and correct through the use of water detection equipment.  An NDT non-invasive, innovative, affordable technology-based service that can swiftly test all your pipework and provide you with a seal of approval that the property is safe and good to go prior to hand over!

For information on how we can help if you suspect a leak, consult LeakDTech’s professionals now!

Health Spa Water Leaks – Solve Your Problems Now.

Health Spa Water Leaks – Solve Your Problems Now.

Health Spa Water Leaks – What to Expect

One of our most popular sought after pastime activities, either alone or with company, is that of the Health Spa. Life in today’s world is far more stressful and hectic than ever before and when we get that bit of downtime most of us think about swimming pools, massages and saunas……..that pamper day which makes us feel alive again, making the most of that day off!

The Health Spa has therefore become a global phenomenon, present in all towns and cities however; water issues can cause problems for spas, affecting the quality of the services they offer.

Water is a crucial requirement for a Health Spa; without it there is no swimming pool, sauna or Jacuzzi, nor the tranquil environment of water features, fountains and beauty therapies. Therefore, in order to offer the best possible service, this major business resource needs to be properly looked after and a high quality approach needs to be taken to the maintenance of the Spa and its facilities.

With the amount of amenities that many Spas offer, there is the potential for largescale water issues, particularly in the following situations:

1. A leaking swimming pool;

2. Water leaks in showers and bathrooms (especially in older buildings) low pressure showers, leaking taps and poor toilet facilities;

3. Fountains and water features can be eye catching but not pleasant if they leak, not only wasting water but causing a potential slipping hazard in foyers and walkways.

4. Ablution rooms are a cultural norm and their use is an important ritual in the Muslim religion, so damp, stale smelling surroundings would be off-putting.

Any water leak will cause problems whether it is present for a few days or a few months; the result will be the cost of the rectification. If a leak can be swiftly detected and remedied the cost will be minimal but if the problem has been occurring for many months or years, the remedy cost could be extensive. Leaking water equals wasted water leading to higher water bills with the ultimate result of reducing profits.

As well as the cost, long standing water leaks and damp can cause damage to the structure of the building as well as to the aesthetics. Damp results not only in stale smells which are unpleasant for all and which are difficult to remove, even with air purification and aromatic devices, but also the potential for mould, a serious health concern for staff if exposure is long term.

Given that water is so important to the success of a Health Spa, owners should be considering how they can cost-effectively monitor the spa’s water system, removing all problems swiftly and efficiently. By using new innovative equipment featuring infrared and thermal imaging technology, leaking water can be identified quickly and its exact location pinpointed. In addition, a sensory system can be installed into the water system to allow for constant monitoring and being alerted to any areas of damp or accumulated water.

A small investment now can save huge rectification costs later and with the ability to have proactive yearly inspections, together with the installation of a sensor system, you can be confident that your water facility is in safe hands and you can concentrate on keeping those customers happy and relaxed.

For information on how we can help if you suspect a leak, consult LeakDTech’s professionals now!