Bund and pipeline testing is a significant part of Environmental Efficiency's business. As well as carrying out this service directly for clients we are also subcontracted by the leading drain testing, tank cleaning and bund repair companies.
Environmental Efficiency undertakes bund testing by use of Water Retention Tests using either BS8007 and CIRIA 163, both of which are acceptable to the EPA.
CIRIA 163 is a bund test protocol specifically intended for bunds in environmentally sensitive areas and is a six hour test. As the test can be carried out in one working day this reduces the cost and environmental risks compared to BS8007 which is a 7 to 10 day test.
Where the bund cannot be filled with water to capacity, the EPA allows a visual inspection by a Chartered Engineer and Environmental Efficiency can undertake this. In some cases where a visual inspection is required, Environmental Efficiency can also carry out a water retention test to a low level (typically 200 mm) to test the floor and the wall/floor joint.
All Environmental Efficiency staff used for bund testing will have Safe Passes. Bunds with wall 1m or more high are classed as Confined Spaces; all Environmental Efficiency staff used for Visual Inspections have Confined Space certificates.