During our initial planning phase we examined a wide range of logistics and potential issues in order to develop an effective plan, having safety as our #1 priority. There were many complexities to consider, such as transporting over 2000 lbs of equipment to the top of reservoirs that reached up to 40 feet in height and making evacuation preparations in the case of an injured diver. Our solution incorporated a rope access system that could solve these multiple issues in a safe and efficient manner.
In addition, we studied the blueprints of the tanks and reservoirs to ensure there were no inherent dangers for our divers. The outlets presented the most significant threat. Being a common concern in industrial diving, these can pin or even force a diver up a pipe or channel. It took a coordinated effort between the Public Works Managers and the dive team to ensure these were de-powered and locked out.
Upon ensuring lock out, the reservoirs were cleaned by vacuuming up to one foot of sediment that had accumulated on the bottom. All components, including outlets, discharge pipes, joints, bolts and ladders were then inspected to make sure they were free of corrosion and functioning properly. Real time video feeds were set up during the dives and a high-definition video was provided to the client.
The clients were very happy with our professionalism and service and are now able to confirm that their water systems are clean and safe. This job required systematic thinking and problem-solving. Our collaboration with Raven Rescue, the District of New Hazelton, Kispiox, and Glen Vowell produced successful results through shared vision, values, resources and expertise.