SALINITY TESTING & ASSESSMENTS
A salinity assessment will ensure the correct building and engineering principals have been adopted for your development. Saline soil may have an adverse impact on developments when salt is drawn into the capillaries of bricks and mortar expands resulting in spalling. This process can cause the deterioration of bricks, mortar and concrete.
Although urban development can create a high salinity risk, towns and cities are often located in areas prone to salinity. These areas are usually at lower positions in the landscape, such as floodplains, in valley floors, or at the foot of a ridge.
In NSW, many towns and cities are currently affected by urban salinity. The predictions are that this will get steadily worse over the next 50 years if nothing is done (NLWRA 2001).
Urban salinity is of concern in Western Sydney, the Hunter and in many other rural towns in NSW including; Blayney, Boorowa, Canowindra, Condobolin, Cootamundra, Cowra, Crookwell, Dubbo, Forbes, Grenfell, Gunnedah, Harden-Murrumburrah, Junee, Lake Cargelligo, Leeton, Orange, Parkes, Queanbeyan, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Wellington, Yass and Young.