Waterproofing of Drinking Water Reservoirs

Materials used in the waterproofing of drinking water reservoirs must comply with strict requirements. Surfaces in contact with drinking water must be inspected, cleaned, and disinfected at regular intervals to meet with the approval of regulatory authorities. Reservoirs must be protected against leakages and ingress from groundwater under hydrostatic pressure not only to protect the structure but also the quality of the drinking water. Different methods can be used to waterproof drinking water reservoirs:

  1. Waterproofing the concrete structure by reducing the water-cement ratio in the concrete mix design using third generation high range water reducing admixtures. Waterbars can be used for treating specific joints.
  2. Applying a thin layer one-component low porosity mortar. The selected thin layer one component mortar should not affect the drinking water taste and odor. It should not include polymers nor promote the growth of fungi or bacteria. When applied, its surface should be smooth with low porosity, and easy to inspect. As an alternative, a two-component material may be selected with low modulus of elasticity of less than 15, N/mm² to prevent destructive stresses.
  3. Applying a synthetic acrylic-based protective coating in conjunction with a pore sealer by paint roller or spraying equipment.
  4. Applying a polyolefin with glass fabric reinforcement available in thicknesses of 1 to 1.8mm, capable of bridging cracks and accommodating movements in the substrate.

The Holderchem system for waterproofing drinking water reservoirs (whether during new construction or in refurbishment works) is detailed in the below figures.

Drinking Water Tank Structure – New Construction
Fig. 1 Drinking Water Tank Structure – New Construction

Drinking Water Tank Structure – Refurbishment
Fig. 2 Drinking Water Tank Structure – Refurbishment

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Batimix HWR 1500
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Batimix Mortar W-800
BATIMIX Mortar W-800 is a surface-applied cementitious-based material, which waterproofs and protects concrete in-depth. It is made from Portland cement, carefully-graded sand, and a combination of selected additives, including water-reducers, surfactants, anti-foams, emulsifiers, water-repellents, and crystallization chemicals. When applied to carefully prepared substrates, the active chemicals of BATIMIX Mortar W-800 react with the free lime and moisture present in the capillary pores of the concrete to form insoluble crystalline complexes. The so-formed crystals block the capillaries and minor cracks to prevent any further water ingress. BATIMIX Mortar W-800 allows the passage of water vapor through the concrete. It can thus be applied against active and passive water pressure surfaces.
Batimix Mortar W-860
BATIMIX Mortar W-860 is a cementitious non-shrink and waterproof grout used for filling joints smaller than 4mm. It is made from Portland cement, carefully-graded sand, and a combination of selected additives to enhance workability, adhesion, and waterproofing. It is durable, resistant to frost and heat after setting.
Batimix Sealer L-880
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