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Old drains, new solutions

New Plumbing Solutions (NPS) is a provider of plumbing maintenance and civil works for water and sewerage assets.  

Committed to investigating and investing in new, innovative technologies to solve old problems, NPS turned to Smart Lock Group for a solution when an asset was excessively impaired.  

Simple method, complex problem  

NPS Delivery Manager Damian Bradley said its client had a severely damaged drain next to a café in parkland gardens with significant trees and hard landscaping surrounding it, resulting in any rain event compromising the café and leaving the community unable to use the gardens.  

Upon NPS’ inspection, while large sections of the drains were in good condition, there were a number of damaged sections identified which were causing the flooding.  

To avoid the costly and disruptive “dig-and-repair” method of corrective works, NPS was able to propose a blended relining and Smart Lock solution.”  

Smart Lock is a simple method of repair, where drains undergo CCTV inspections to pinpoint the most damage impacted sections of a drain and pipe.  

The ‘no-dig’ patching solution allows for drains that are cracked, or those that allow root infiltration, to be repaired in a trenchless, non-disruptive manner.  

“The simple installation and efficient cure time of using Smart Lock means the job can be completed with minimum disruption,” said Mr Bradley.  

Project-specific solutions Smart Lock understands that one size does not fit all, which is why its team endeavour to always find a practical and suitable solution for varying project needs.  

“For NPS’ drain repair, our solution recommended for more than 20 Smart Locks to be installed and one section of pipe to be relined,” said Mr Bradley.  

“Given the issues were rectified only where there was specific damage, the solution provided a cost-effective outcome, and the trenchless technology solution utilised ensured there was no business interruption.”  

Mr Bradley said there are many measurable benefits of using Smart Lock systems compared to traditional repair methods, including that it is 35 per cent cheaper, it allows for 100 per cent of business continuity during works and the time onsite is reduced by 40 per cent.  

For more information visit the Smart Lock website. 

This article was featured in the March 2021 edition of Trenchless Australasia. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device, click here. 

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