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ASTM International - ASTM D7909-21

Standard Guide for Placement of (Blind) Actual Leaks During Electrical Leak Location Surveys of Geomembranes

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Organization: ASTM International
Publication Date: 15 February 2021
Status: inactive
Page Count: 5
ICS Code (Geotextiles): 59.080.70
significance And Use:

4.1 Geomembranes are used as low-permeability barriers to control liquids from leaking from landfills, ponds, and other containments. The liquids may contain contaminants that, if released, can... View More

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1.1 This guide is for placing (blind) actual leaks in geomembranes before performing an electrical leak location survey. The geomembranes can be bare (not covered) or can be covered with water or moist soil.

1.2 This guide is intended to serve as an additional quality control/quality assurance (QC/QA) measure to ensure that leaks through the geomembrane are detectable, site conditions are proper for leak location surveys, and a valid and complete leak location survey is performed. Because various leak location practitioners use a wide variety of equipment to perform these surveys and have a wide range of expertise, placement of actual leaks by the owner or owner's representative helps ensure that the leak location survey is being performed correctly and completely.

1.3 Placing actual leaks should be done with the consent and knowledge of all involved parties and specifically the "owner" of the geomembrane. Geomembranes are typically purchased and installed by dedicated geosynthetic installers who "own" the geomembrane until the ownership gets transferred to the end user. A project meeting should be set up with the owner, the consultant, the geosynthetic installers, and the leak location contractor. The intention to use actual leaks should be clearly stated by the owner or consultants or both, and the scope and number to be placed should be understood by all parties. The consultant should broadly identify to the lining contractor a location that can be easily repaired after the test. It is critical that all actual leaks be included on the liner documentation and repair record drawing.

1.4 Leak location surveys can be used on geomembranes installed in basins, ponds, tanks, ore and waste pads, landfill cells, landfill caps, and other containment facilities. The procedures are applicable for geomembranes made of electrically insulating materials. (Warning-The electrical methods used for geomembrane leak location could use high voltages, resulting in the potential for electrical shock or electrocution. This hazard might be increased because operations might be conducted in or near water. In particular, a high voltage could exist between the water or earth material and earth ground or any grounded conductor. These procedures are potentially very dangerous and can result in personal injury or death. The electrical methods used for geomembrane leak location should be attempted only by qualified and experienced personnel. Appropriate safety measures shall be taken to protect the leak location operators as well as other people at the site.)

1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

Document History

May 1, 2021
Standard Guide for Placement of Intentional Leaks During Electrical Leak Location Surveys of Geomembranes
4.1 Geomembranes are used as low-permeability barriers to control liquids from leaking from landfills, ponds, and other containments. The liquids may contain contaminants that, if released, can cause...
ASTM D7909-21
February 15, 2021
Standard Guide for Placement of (Blind) Actual Leaks During Electrical Leak Location Surveys of Geomembranes
4.1 Geomembranes are used as low-permeability barriers to control liquids from leaking from landfills, ponds, and other containments. The liquids may contain contaminants that, if released, can cause...
March 1, 2014
Standard Guide for Placement of Blind Actual Leaks during Electrical Leak Location Surveys of Geomembranes
1.1 This guide is for placing blind actual leaks in geomembranes before performing an electrical leak location survey. The geomembranes can be bare (not covered) or can be covered with water or moist...
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