Molenvaart settling basin – Brunssum

Van Boekel produced one of the largest settling basins in the Netherlands for the municipality of Brunssum and Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg. This 14,500 m3 basin temporarily collects polluted sewage in the event of heavy rainfall, making the numerous sewer overflows into the Rode Beek a thing of the past. As an additional advantage, this has massively boosted the water quality of the Rode Beek. This basin was one of the largest civil engineering projects ever to be completed within Brunssum’s municipal borders, serving to boost the capacity of the existing sewer system. With every heavy shower, the sewer would quickly fill up, with the excess rainwater, including sewage, being discharged to the Rode Beek, which ultimately meant that the water quality of this stream left much to be desired. With the construction of this settling basin, the discharge of waste due to sewer overflows was reduced by as much as 90%.

  • Brunssum
  • Municipality of Brunssum and Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg

With the construction of this settling basin, the discharge of waste due to sewer overflows was reduced by as much as 90%

The redevelopment of the Rode Beek in Brunssum and Schinveld also benefited heavily from the construction of the new basin, with water quality increasing and with it opportunities for flora and fauna.

Van Boekel was responsible for building the settling basin, an open basin in which the work was poured on site. Due to the size of the project, sound logistics were a must. By making good agreements with the suppliers involved, we were able to make sure that everything went off without a hitch. Van Boekel also worked on the surrounding outdoor area, as well as building several buildings and pump stations and connecting the settling basin to the existing sewage system. With the construction of this new settling basin, the municipality of Brunssum acquired a robust wastewater system.

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ClientMunicipality of Brunssum and Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg
CategoryConcrete engineering
Executed byVan Boekel Bouw & Infra
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