Dewatering systems are very complicated, especially if you’re new to the business. As such, it is necessary that you get familiar with the thousands of terms and jargon that are peculiar to the industry. Whatever industry, be it construction, manufacturing or production, has its own terms that are unique to it, and a dewatering system is no exception. 

If you are not a professional, you are most likely not expected to know these terms. However, you might at some point find yourself talking to an expert in the field, and they will forget this and speak to you like you know every word they are using. In such times, you might get confused by some of the terms. To help remedy this problem, you might want to go through the list of terms and jargon that you will come across when searching for a dewatering service. 


Dewatering is a term used to describe the removal of groundwater or surface water on a construction site. Dewatering is usually done at the construction site to remove excess water accumulated in holes and trenches. This accumulated water must be removed before any work can be done on the site. Removing this water will help create a safer working environment for the workers and also help secure the building under construction.

Bypass Pumping

Bypass pumping is an ideal method of dewatering to remove sewage or wastewater from a construction site. This is necessary when an existing sewage line is faulty and unreliable for use during construction. This method of dewatering allows water to continue flowing from one place to another without disrupting that initial flowing sewage from a construction site. 

 Flood control

 This is a method of dewatering system used to reduce or prevent harmful effects of floods caused by heavy rain and storms. As the job site gets flooded, the ground becomes sodden and unstable, creating a safety hazard for construction workers. Site managers must be prepared at all times for possible site flooding, keeping pumps that can move high volumes of water against low head pressure.

 Flood control can be carried out by removing the water from the job site to a designated area either nearby or far away, depending on the most appropriate option.


A WellPoint is a dewatering method that is used to lower the groundwater level by using a water removal pump that uses a filter at the bottom of a tube that’s inserted into the ground to the level of the water table. This filter allows the pump to pull water from under the ground without taking dirt and other particles with it. WellPoint’s method of dewatering is cheap, flexible, and very easy to install.


Sludge dewatering is a process of reducing the weight and volume of the solid waste in the water so that disposal costs – including transportation – are kept to a minimum. Most times, sludge often contains heavy metals and harmful bacteria, so it is important to remove it from the water to prevent it from causing harm to the workers. Sludge is often removed or reduced by methods of filtration or evaporation.


Now that you’re familiar with this term and jargon, you certainly won’t get lost when conversing with a dewatering expert.