Best Practices: Find the Right Dewatering Strategy

As technology expands options, now is a good time to consider dewatering tactics.

Best Practices: Find the Right Dewatering Strategy

Crews from a project in Michigan excavated swampland, replaced it with compacted sand and set up a wellpoint system before excavation for the project could begin.

Dewatering is a necessary evil in construction. “Keeping a dry hole is definitely required and necessary to maintain a smooth construction schedule,” says Ken Albaugh, who leads the dewatering commercial team in North America for Xylem, a global water technology player.

Dewatering lowers groundwater levels within the vicinity of the excavation. But a one-size-fits-all approach to dewatering a construction job site simply won’t work. “Each site is truly a unique...

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