Water Schemes

W.J.Hatt Ltd are experts at handling large-scale replacement pipework schemes. In addition to this we also install water mains and borehole supplies. Over the last 50 years we have laid many hundreds of miles of underground pipe. We carry out this work for farms, estates, studs, racing stables and schools. However, we also undertake mains connections at private houses and coordinate the construction of boreholes for private water supplies.

The company specialises in laying underground pipes using trench-less technologies. Wherever possible and practical we lay all our underground pipe using either a mole plough or thrust mole. Both of these dramatically reduce ground surface disruption and the subsequent reinstatement costs. We offer a full design and installation service.

When organising replacement pipework for farms and estates we provide service location for underground pipes, cables and ducts. We carry out surveys of the area and repair water leaks from burst pipes. This is for both foul and storm water drainage, along with all types of water pipes.

Here’s our DITCH WITCH mole plough in action:
Water Schemes
Mole Ploughing

Mole ploughing allows huge quantities of pipe to be laid at exactly the correct depth incredibly efficiently and with very little above ground disruption. Unlike trenching machines it does not mix the layers of soil and leave a subsoil trench mark behind.

Thrust Moling

Thrust moling offers a range of advantages over trenching. In particular the lack of reinstatement required is key to the speed and high quality of our work.

Water Leak Repairs

We stock a huge size range of pipe fittings for all the major types of pipe to ensure that the time between investigating a water leak and the repair of any burst pipe is kept to an absolute minimum. In addition to this we also stock the appropriate machinery and aggregates to ensure that holes are properly backfilled, compacted, and finished without delays.

Large Bore Pipe Repairs

Where required we can often repair water leaks on small bore pipes live, which ensures an uninterrupted flow of water to residents. However larger bore pipes will always require a shutdown where a cut out is required such as the pipework in the photos opposite. W.J.Hatt also stocks a large variety of repair clamps and wrap around couplers which allow us to repair many leaks on burst pipes without shutdowns and the associated disruption to the water supply.

Burst Pipe Repairs

Water leaks on MDPE (plastic) pipes are becoming more common, particularly on old imperial black plastic pipes which are beginning to age harden and crack. Repairing these burst pipes is a relatively straight forward procedure once the leak has been located, and can normally be done in a matter of minutes.

Trenched Water Pipe

Where mole ploughing or thrust moling isn't practicable we use a range of excavators to carry out trenching work for the installation of multiple pipes, or those with a large bore.

Internal Plumbing

Our highly experienced staff can integrate and set up new supplies into a full range of internal systems.

Further information

For over 80 years, W.J.Hatt have been specialising in replacing underground pipework, and repairing water leaks and burst pipes. During this time we have amassed a huge wealth of experience in overcoming the difficulties inherent to this work. For example, we carry out a service location prior to starting the job to gain an overview of the site.

We work largely in the Reading, Berkshire and Oxfordshire areas. As a TAPS 5 approved firm we liaise directly with Thames Water and are able to certify our own pipework. This means that inspectors do not need to visit the site before holes and trenches can be backfilled. Or indeed allow the British weather to backfill them before the inspection occurs!

Traditionally, water leaks are fixed by excavating down into the suspected area. The downside to this is that under concrete or tarmac, or in poor ground, water rarely appears close to its source. Thus begins a time consuming and expensive game of burst pipe battleships! Instead of this tiresome procedure W.J.Hatt uses the following methods.

Trench-less Technologies
  • The mole plough allows us to install up to 150m lengths of underground pipe between each joint. As surface disruption is minimal and there’s no excavating or backfilling involved, the installation period is relatively fast. Once set-up is complete, it takes as little as 30 minutes to install a single 150m run of 63mm pipe. In comparison, it would take a full day to to do this with a 6 ton excavator!
    Additionally, we easily install replacement pipework along the edges of road verges by offsetting the mole plough behind its tractor unit. As a result, roads are only out of action for a very short period of time – not closed for days on end like with traditional excavation.
  • The thrust mole allows us to tunnel under roads, concrete and paving without having to excavate at the surface. We dig small holes only every 10–15m and install replacement pipework while roads remain open to traffic & machinery. This keeps reinstatement costs to a minimum.
    Thrust moling is also very cost effective because the new pipe bypasses the site of the burst pipe and the section containing the water leak is simply removed.
replacement PIPEWORK schemes for farms & estates

Our experienced team of water engineers offer a highly proficient service when finding burst pipes, and repairing leaks, stop cocks, water meters, troughs & stand pipes. They always carry the appropriate tools & fittings and use an excavator to speed up the process. More complicated sources of water leaks stem from issues including rising ground water, inadequate drainage systems, blocked pipes and choked drainage ditches. In addition to these are traditional causes for water leaks: frost damage, age hardening of pipework, incorrect use of pressurised systems, corrosion, livestock damage and ground heave or subsidence. We use our extensive expeience in burst pipe repairs to solve issues efficiently. However, we normally recommend repairing a broken pipe only once or twice. After this it is more cost effective to install completely new pipework.