In April 2020, Penetron crystalline technology was applied to the restoration of a key water pumping station in Penza, Russia. The repair work was completed in record time and helped to maintain the city’s drinking water supply.
Penza, a city of over 500,000 inhabitants about 625 kilometers (388/miles) southeast of Moscow, needed to alleviate a serious problem with the third pumping station in Arbekovo District of the city.
Adding Durability to a Key Water Pumping Station
“The Arbekovo pumping station is a key component in the water supply system for Penza,” explains Igor Chernogolov, President of Penetron Russia. “That’s why the repair project was closely monitored by Water Utility Department managers and regional government representatives.”
To return the pumping station to full function as soon as possible and ensure the impermeability of the station’s below-grade concrete structure, Penetron crystalline waterproofing material was specified for topical application. The ease of application – along with rapid effectiveness of Penetron’s crystalline technology – was an important parameter for the Arbekovo station project.
Safe for Drinking Water & Easy to Apply
A surface-applied, integral crystalline waterproofing material, PENETRON slurry is completely non-toxic and NSF-61 approved for potable water applications. The PENETRON slurry is easily and quickly applied by brush or spray to either the positive or the negative side of concrete. With the Arbekovo project, the application was simplified by applying the slurry on the negative side of the pump station - a further benefit of the Penetron System.
In the presence of moisture, the active ingredients generate an insoluble crystalline formation that penetrates deeply into the structure. The crystals self-heal micro-cracks, pores and capillaries to prevent water and water-borne chemicals from penetrating into the concrete, even under high hydrostatic pressure. Cracks that develop during the lifetime of the concrete are self-healed by PENETRON, resulting in permanent concrete protection.
“The Arbekovo project was a complete success,” confirms Igor Chernogolov. “The Water Utility Department officials were pleasantly surprised to see the pumping station back in operation after less than two weeks of repair work.”