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Dewatering and groundwater control | Stuart Well Services Ltd

Case Study

Epworth STW – Wellpoint Dewatering

Client: NMC Nomenca
Location: Epworth STW, Lincolnshire
Duration: September to December 2014

Project Overview

Dewatering required for 2no Oxidation and 2no FST Tanks within a single 65m x 45m open-cut excavation upto 4.7m deep BGL.

Project Overview

Settlement concerns where raised over groundwater level reduction beneath existing structures within the works. An estimated distance/drawdown profile was established based on design bulk permeability of k = 5.6 x 10-5 m/sec. In turn this was used together with a range of soil one-dimensional compression vales to undertake a settlement risk assessment due to increases in effective stress. In addition a filter pack design assessment was undertaken to mitigate any risk of settlement due to loss of fines.


Ground Conditions:
Top soil
Silty Sand
Firm Clay
Groundwater Level:
0.0m to 0.35m BEG
0.35m to 4.7m BEGL
4.7m to 8.2m BEGL
1.3m BEGL

Scope of Works

Temporary Vacuum wellpoint system installed at nominal 2.0m centres around the perimeter of the works to top of Clay using conventional water jetting installation method. Provision for 6no access points into the works area. Once bulk dewatering achieved, dewatering changed to conventional sump pumping within perimeter slip trench at toe of batter.

The wellpoint dewatering system divided into two parts each pumped by a 150mm Ø 415V piston pump connected to works mains power. Discharge via v-notch settlement tank with calibrated flowmeter into the STW works.

Both settlement and groundwater level monitoring was carried out across the site.

Accreditations and Associations

ISO-9001 ISO-14001
ISO-22301 ISO-45001
The Temporary Works Forum (TWf)