Best practice trenching guidelines

These guidelines ensure work on Council infrastructure considers and mitigates environmental risks associated with underground excavations.

Forward planning in the early stages of a project can reduce costs and risks associated with excavations and wastewater diversions. Whilst adequate trench support is crucial to provide a safe working environment, options to provide this can vary considerably in their impact on progress and costs.

Well planned dewatering maintains the stability of the excavation and protects the groundwater environment. Effective overpumping removes risks of contamination whilst facilitating infrastructure replacement in a live network environment.

Use these guidelines to support the preparation of a site Environmental Management Plan and as a means of confirming the application of a 'Best practicable option':

The appendices to the Overpumping Guide [DOCX, 45 KB] can be amended for inclusion with your Environmental Management Plan.