A Queensland civil construction company will be the first firm in Australia to trial a revolutionary new piece of equipment that could change the way water is treated on construction sites across the country.
Hall Contracting — which delivers a range of infrastructure, urban development, marine, dredging and environmental projects around Australia, Asia and the Pacific — will trial the ‘Floc Box’ at a construction site on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast this month.
Hall Contracting Managing Director Cameron Hall said the device had been supplied by fellow Sunshine Coast business Turbid Stormwater Solutions to treat sediment-laden water on selected construction sites.
“The Floc Box works by dispensing an environmentally friendly coagulant known as Turbiclear into water as it enters the designed catchment pond, forcing dirt particles to coagulate and drop out of the water, and leaving only clean water behind,” Mr Hall said.
“By using the Floc Box to dispense the correct dosage of Turbiclear for each catchment size, it allows us to ensure any discharge into the receiving environment is of the highest quality and complies with regulatory requirements.”
Mr Hall said at present, the Hall Contracting team manually treated the catchments on each of its construction sites.
“The manual process can be quite time intensive, so the new equipment will reduce some of the labour involved and also lessen some of the risks associated with working around water,” Mr Hall said.
“The Floc Box also will also reduce down-time on our construction sites during significant wet weather events as it is capable of treating catchment areas in periods of rain, even in the middle of the night. This gives us the ability to treat the catchment area promptly, which means getting back on the job faster.”
“We’re looking forward to testing it out locally with a view to rolling it out across some of our other construction sites in the future.”