Pumped sewer mains often become fouled causing blockages, odours and poor hydraulic performance. Decreased flow rates caused by fats, oils, grease, wipes and other materials present in pipes can result in environmental incidents and the expensive use of waste tankers.
Ice Pigging™ is a unique solution which can be applied to pumped sewers to remove fouling, sediment, grit, and other problematic deposits. The semi-solid ice slurry is pumpable like a liquid but moves through the pipe like a solid material once a ‘pig’ of ice slurry is formed. The process has the benefits of solid foam pigging, but without any of the associated risks or enabling works.
Customers have found Ice Pigging™ to be the most effective solution in situations of wet well flooding caused by poor hydraulic performance, as well as odour complaints, hydrogen sulphide build up, and poor performance caused by air within the pipe.
Cleaning the pipes and other infrastructure with Ice Pigging™ helps to improve quality and optimise network operations.
Ice Pigging™ can be used to clean pipelines ranging from 40-700mm in diameter and generally utilises existing connections, therefore requires no excavation. It is fast, effective and exceptionally low risk, using significantly less water than most comparable techniques.
Preparation: Wet well levels are managed on site to prepare for planned interruption and Ice Pigging™ intervention.
“The success of this operation meant that the client was able to cancel an expensive capital project to replace the pipe, a saving of over £700,000.” Business Development Manager
The Issue: Repeated incidents of sewage flooding had been experienced by a long-suffering resident were attributed to reduced pumping capacity of the rising main caused by a build-up of sediments. The utility company had resorted to using waste tankers to manage the wet-well levels which had become inconvenient and expensive as well as a major disturbance for the public.
The Solution: The mobile Ice Pigging™ team brought the ice delivery unit to the site and ice slurry was pumped through the 1184m of 63mm MDPE rising sewer main.