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COMPAGNIE DE BEAU VALLON LIMITEE

SUBDIVISION of LAND
AT
RICHE EN EAU, ST HUBERT

[GEOTECHNICAL SURVEY]

Rue De La Canelle
Ebene City
Ebene
Tel/Fax No: (230) 465-8154
Email: kaselor@orange.mu

October 2015
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GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATION

Client: Compagnie de Beau Vallon Limite


Location: Riche en Eau, St-Hubert
Date of investigation: Friday, 16th October 2015

1 INTRODUCTION

The proponent Compagnie de Beau Vallon Limite is submitting an Environmental Impact


Assessment (E.I.A) Report to the Department of Environment in a view to subdivide a plot of land
into 73 residential lots at Riche en Eau.

We have excavated 3 Nos. trial pits on the proposed site to carry out percolation tests as per BS
6297 in order to determine the onsite disposal system and the soil description of the soil strata
in the pits.

We, Kaselor Ltd, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Firm, have been appointed by
the Promoter to carry out a Geotechnical Survey/Engineering Report for the project.

A geotechnical investigation was carried out on Friday, 16th October 2015.

The primary goals of the survey are:

 Description of the soil profile down to a depth of 3 m

 Percolation test carried out in the pit

 Level of water table

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2 SITE GEOLOGY

Volcanic deposits which formed the Island through a series of three basaltic lava flows, 89
million years ago, 200,000 years ago and 20,000 years ago, respectively, dominate the geology
of Mauritius. The soil in Riche en Eau, St-Hubert belongs to Low Humic Latosols and Humic
Latosols Soils.

The geology of Mauritius is mainly composed of basaltic lavas which originate from volcanic
origin. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Mauritius Sugar Industry Research
Institute (MSIRI) Land Resources and Agricultural Suitability Map of Mauritius identifies the site
for proposed development as forming part of the late lavas of the younger volcanic series which
erupted from a chain of some 20 vents.

The FAO/MSIRI map classifies the different regions into land units. The proposed site consists
of Land Unit namely 3.2 as indicated on Figure 1.

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SITE

Figure 1: Site Geology

2.1 GEOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The project site falls within the Eastern and Southern Intermediate Lava Plains and Slopes. This
type of soil is characterized as moderately deep to deep, dark brown silty clay loam.

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3 SITE DESCRIPTION

The project area is situated in the District of Grand Port. The location plan of the proposed
development site is shown on the accompanying drawing at Annex A. The project site is partly
under cane cultivation and partly under vegetation as shown on the plates below:

Plate showing project site under sugarcane cultivation

Plate showing project site under vegetation

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The project is subdivided into 73 lots of extent 10ha 5,097.07m. All the proposed lots will be
developed for residential purposes only with an average daily water consumption of 1.0 m3/day.

In order to determine the soil profile along with its percolation rate, three (3) trial pits (of depth
approximating to 3 metres) have been excavated on the proposed site. The location of the pits
is indicated in the accompanying site plan at Annex A.

4 SOIL PROFILING

4.1 TRIAL PITS

A typical soil profile for trial pits is provided at Annex B.

The soil in Trial Pits is characterized by Horizon A which is 300mm of top soil materials which
merges into Horizon B which is 2800mm compacted dark brown clayey soil mixed with
weathered basalt.

No trace of water was found in the pit.

5 PERCOLATION TEST

Each pit has been excavated with the dimensions of 3300mm length, 3200 mm breadth and
3100mm depth. Then below the invert level of each trial pit, a square hole of dimension 300mm
with a depth of 300mm has been excavated in the trial pit.

On the eve of the test that is the 15th October 2015, the square holes have been filled with water
and the water allowed to seep overnight as shown on the plate below.

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The next day that is on the 16th October 2015 the test section was filled up again to a depth of
300mm and above.

The time taken in seconds for the water to seep away was recorded.

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The results obtained from the percolation tests are tabulated below:
Percolation rate (s/mm)
Length Depth Time Depth of
Trial Breadth (m) &Infiltration Rate
(m) (m) (Mins) Water (m)
(mm/hr)
0 0.300
2 0.294
4 0.285 Vp1 = (10 x 60)/[(0.300-
0.269) x 1000]
Trial 1 0.3 0.3 0.3 5 0.281
= 19.4 s/mm
6 0.278 Infiltration =186 mm/hr
8 0.273
10 0.269

Percolation rate (s/mm)


Length Depth Time Depth of
Trial Breadth (m) &Infiltration Rate
(m) (m) (Mins) Water (m)
(mm/hr)
0 0.300
2 0.293
4 0.286 Vp1 = (10 x 60)/[(0.300-
0.270) x 1000]
Trial 2 0.3 0.3 0.3 5 0.282
= 20 s/mm
6 0.279 Infiltration =180 mm/hr
8 0.274
10 0.270

Percolation rate (s/mm)


Length Depth Time Depth of
Trial Breadth (m) &Infiltration Rate
(m) (m) (Mins) Water (m)
(mm/hr)
0 0.300
2 0.295
4 0.289 Vp1 = (10 x 60)/[(0.300-
0.271) x 1000]
Trial 3 0.3 0.3 0.3 5 0.285
= 20.7 s/mm
6 0.282 Infiltration =174 mm/hr
8 0.275
10 0.271

Average percolation rate as per BS 6297


Average percolation rate =180 mm/hr

6 WATER TABLE

No trace of water table was found in the excavated pit.

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Location Plan & Site Plan showing position of trial pits

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Soil Profile Description

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Location: Riche en Eau, St-Hubert

Typical soil profile for Trial Pit

A horizon

Thickness: 0 300 mm
Color: Dark brown
Texture: Silty clay
Structure: Top soil

B horizon

Thickness: 300-3100 mm
Color: compacted dark brown clayey soil mixed with weathered basalt
Texture: compacted clayey soil

No sign of water table

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