Sustainability

At FER-PAL we specialize in reducing environmental impact in both practice and process. We strive to lower our footprint through:

  • Reduce Reuse Recycle – Reusing as many materials as possible limits waste on projects. Wherever items can be reused, such as lumber, above-ground bypass piping, asphalt grindings, FER-PAL reuses until they no longer provide value.
  • Emissions Tracking – All vehicle usage and emissions generated are actively tracked to work towards reducing the carbon footprint on each project.

Reducing GHG Emissions

In addition to its practices, the process that FER-PAL uses to rehabilitate watermains has proven to drastically reduce the environmental footprint of a project compared to traditional open-cut replacement. On average cured-in-place lining reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 to 90 per cent compared with traditional open-cut replacement. This equates to roughly 378 tons of GHGs for every mile of pipe rehabilitated. This includes the materials, their transport, and the GHGs required to manufacture and install them. What it doesn’t include is the significant amount of GHGs produced by cars sitting idle in construction traffic — something that does not occur on a CIPP installation.

Protecting Natural Resources

When most watermains were installed, cities placed trees on top or close to them as the neighbourhood was developed. These mature trees are now irreplaceable. Typical construction methods would require these trees be removed and replaced with a sapling. Not on FER-PAL’s sites. On average, FER-PAL saves more than 500 mature trees yearly across its projects due to its less invasive CIPP installations. Not to mention the various wetlands, rivers and creeks that FER-PAL works around to ensure the environmentally sensitive areas are not disrupted as the watermain is structurally lined.