At RS Divers, we understand the critical importance of managing wastewater and sewage systems efficiently to protect the environment and public health. We offer a comprehensive range of services, including:
Inspections & Surveys
Our skilled divers use advanced imaging technology to conduct thorough inspections and surveys of wastewater and sewage systems. From identifying blockages to assessing structural integrity, we provide clear insights into the condition of these crucial facilities.
Maintenance & Cleaning
Regular maintenance and cleaning are essential for the optimal performance of wastewater and sewage systems. Our expert divers undertake cleaning tasks, removing debris, sediment buildup, and other obstructions to prevent potential issues and maintain efficient operations.
Repair & Rehabilitation
In the event of damage or structural issues, RS Divers is equipped to carry out underwater repairs and rehabilitation. Our experienced team employs specialised techniques and equipment to restore the functionality and durability of wastewater and sewage structures.
Prompt response during emergencies is crucial for minimising the impact of unexpected events on wastewater and sewage systems. RS Divers ensures a rapid emergency response to tackle any urgent repairs, leaks, or blockages, preventing further damage and environmental contamination.
Our Wastewater & Sewage Work
Our recent work includes:
- Surveys of sewage outflows along the South Coast to measure the thickness of the pipes.
- Internal inspection at wastewater transfer stations, again, to measure the thickness of the pipes and assess the risk of failure.
- Cleaning out waste water tanks to keep them fit for purpose using specialist Viking suits.
Contact RS Divers for Wastewater and Sewage Diving Services
At RS Divers, we’re dedicated to ensuring the efficient operation and environmental integrity of wastewater and sewage systems. Contact us to learn more about our specialised diving services and how we can assist you in managing and maintaining these critical infrastructures for a cleaner and sustainable future.
What is the difference between wastewater and sewage?
Wastewater and sewage are related terms, but they refer to slightly different types of water pollution.
Wastewater is a comprehensive term encompassing water that has been used or contaminated from various sources, including domestic, industrial, commercial, and agricultural activities, and can contain contaminants like organic matter, chemicals, nutrients, and pathogens. It is divided into two primary categories: greywater, originating from non-toilet sources with fewer contaminants, and blackwater, stemming from toilets, which is more heavily contaminated and potentially hazardous.
Sewage, a subset of wastewater, specifically refers to toilet wastewater (blackwater) highly contaminated with human waste, pathogens, and bacteria, requiring proper treatment and disposal for public health and environmental safety.
What safety guidelines are there for diving in sewage?
Diving in sewage, particularly in raw or untreated sewage, is extremely hazardous so it is essential to take proper precautions and follow safety guidelines, which typically include:
- Wear protective clothing, including gloves, waterproof boots, and a waterproof suit to minimise contact with sewage.
- Respiratory protection – Depending on the level of contamination and the presence of toxic gases, you may need a mask or respirator.
- Eye and face protection such as goggles or a face shield to protect your eyes and face from splashes or aerosolised sewage.
- Avoid ingestion – do not eat, drink, or smoke while working in or near sewage.
- Hand hygiene – wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water after any contact with sewage, even if you are wearing gloves.
- Vaccinations – ensure that your vaccinations, particularly for diseases like tetanus and hepatitis, are up to date.
- Emergency response – be familiar with the emergency response procedures in case of accidents or exposure to hazardous materials.
- Safety training – proper safety training must be undertaken when diving in sewage, and divers must strictly adhere to the guidelines set by their employer and relevant regulatory agencies.
It’s important to note that diving into raw sewage is not a common practice, and professionals responsible for handling sewage typically have specialised training and equipment to do so safely. The general advice is to avoid contact with sewage whenever possible and to take precautions to protect your health if you must work in proximity to it.