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Latest Updates

By Nicola Wigington

Site establishment will begin at Waveney next week (from Monday 8th June). The welfare, storage and parking area will be set up in the field just to the west of the Pumping Station site at the top of Lock's Lane. At the river, preparations will be made for the piling works which we expect will start towards the end of June. More details will follow when the dates are confirmed.

By Nicola Wigington

Site establishment will begin at Belaugh in a couple of weeks' time (from Monday 15th June). The welfare and storage area will be set up at the Pumping Station site. At the river, preparations will be made for the piling works which we expect will start towards the end of June. More details will follow when the dates are confirmed.

By Kevin Packard

Hi. Work on site has managed to progress rapidly despite the current Covid-19 pandemic. Our partners IWS have implemented many changes to site working practices in order to work safely and have coped well with both the physical restrictions imposed and indeed with the difficulties of finding good and safe local accommodation to enable a full working week. We are now running the site completely on our new high voltage (HV) system components having finally dispensed with our old supply feed during a pre-arranged power outage with UK Power Networks on 18th May. This now allows us to remove all the old power equipment located in the pumping station basement which was never the best location in a building next to a river that is known to flood! Not that there is very much water to extract at the moment (with May looking likely to be the driest ever on record), but we are currently running on the first 2 of our newly installed pumps. The remainder of the station has been drained down and by the end of this week, the last 2 of the five old pumps will have been removed. These were the "new ones", having only been there since 1952 so they haven't done too bad! Once all the old cabling and ancilliary equipment has been removed, we will be shortly commencing the second 2 brand new pumps and working towards getting these commissioned and put into service. Additionally, we will be making preparations for the new bandscreen at the actual river intake. The old screens have to be replaced not just due to their age & condition but to conform to The Eels (England and Wales) Regulations 2009, something we are legally bound to comply with. The screens are similar in operation to the existing rotating ones but have a finer mesh to prevent accidental extraction of eels and elvers which are now a protected species. As usual, if you have any queries or questions, please contact me via this portal. Enjoy the warm weather and stay safe. Kevin

By Nicola Wigington

We're expecting to start on site in the next few weeks and in the lead up to this our contract team have been working hard to finalise the designs. They have provided a 3D model to give you an idea of what the final installation will look like (click on the thumbnail picture to see an expanded view). You can see on the model the four cylindrical screens underwater, the protective floating boom in front of the screens and the kiosk that will house the rest of the equipment.

By Nicola Wigington

We're expecting to start on site in the next few weeks and in the lead up to this our contract team have been working hard to finalise the designs. They have provided a 3D model to give you an idea of what the final installation will look like (click on the thumbnail picture to see an expanded view). You can see on the model the three cylindrical screens underwater, the floating boom in front of the screens to separate them from passing river traffic and the kiosk that will house the rest of the equipment.

By Nicola Wigington

As mentioned in my previous update, our projects have been reviewed taking into account the benefits as well as our ability to deliver them safely and this project has been given approval to proceed. Although the main driver for the Eel Screens Programme is regulatory we are also replacing the existing outdated screening systems, for the Waveney project this means that there will be a significant improvement in the resilience of the supplies to over 42,000 properties in Suffolk. Our works will take place in line with the government guidance on social distancing and sanitation. Any part of the works that cannot be carried out within the guidelines will be postponed until the situation changes or will be redesigned for safe delivery. We would also appreciate it if you would remain at a safe distance from the site team while the work is underway. The schedule of the works has already been affected which has delayed the start and it is also likely that the overall timescale will be longer than originally planned to enable us to work within these new rules. The works are still in the planning stage but we expect to start on site soon, probably in late May or early June. I’ll be posting more updates as the project progresses. If you would like more information about Essex & Suffolk Water’s works and services in relation to Covid-19 please take a look at our main website, I’ve included some useful links below. ESW Website, COVID-19 General Information and Advice: https://www.eswater.co.uk/help/covid-19/ ESW Website, Essex & Suffolk Water’s COVID-19 response: https://www.eswater.co.uk/help/essex-and-suffolk-water-covid19-response-information/

By Nicola Wigington

As mentioned in my previous update, our projects have been reviewed taking into account the benefits as well as our ability to deliver them safely and this project has been given approval to proceed. Although the main driver for the Eel Screens Programme is regulatory we are also replacing the existing outdated screening systems, for the Belaugh project this means that there will be a significant improvement in the resilience of the supplies to over 51,000 properties in Norfolk and Suffolk. Our works will take place in line with the government guidance on social distancing and sanitation. Any part of the works that cannot be carried out within the guidelines will be postponed until the situation changes or will be redesigned for safe delivery. We would also appreciate it if you would remain at a safe distance from the site team while the work is underway. The schedule of the works has already been affected which has delayed the start and it is also likely that the overall timescale will be longer than originally planned to enable us to work within these new rules. The works are still in the planning stage but we expect to start on site soon, probably in late May or early June. I’ll be posting more updates as the project progresses. If you would like more information about Essex & Suffolk Water’s works and services in relation to Covid-19 please take a look at our main website, I’ve included some useful links below. ESW Website, COVID-19 General Information and Advice: https://www.eswater.co.uk/help/covid-19/ ESW Website, Essex & Suffolk Water’s COVID-19 response: https://www.eswater.co.uk/help/essex-and-suffolk-water-covid19-response-information/

By Kevin Packard

Hi. Covid-19 Update: Following the latest government advice, our projects are currently under review to ensure that only essential works are carried out. The Government has confirmed that utility workers, including the water industry, are classed as Critical Workers in the UK's Corona Virus response. This means that certain people who work for Northumbrian Water/Essex & Suffolk Water or their contractors, suppliers, partners or agencies are eligible to take on this status where they are engaged in our service provision. The upgrade work at Stratford St Mary is needed to maintain the supply of drinking water to the public. The pumping station is our main raw water supply to Abberton reservoir and although the reservoir has good levels of water at present, the levels will fall with the usual increased water demand over the summer months. As river water levels fall below our minimum abstraction level, we cannot abstract and refill the reservoir during this time so is vital that the pumping station is fully available to pump water once again when we reach the Autumn refill period. Our principal contractor Integrated Water Services (IWS) will therefore continue to visit site to progress the work. They will be operating within the Government guidelines in respect of travel, social distancing and working arrangements and will be adopting many segregation measures during their work. Progress with the upgrade has been good and we have now installed our new High Voltage (HV) equipment comprising switchgear, cabling and new transformers. Two of the four new pumps are installed and have been preliminary tested but their full commissioning is planned on 7th & 8th April which will give us good resilience going forward. The next phases of work will be to remove and replace the 2 remaining old pumps and also to install the new river intake screen to comply with the new Eels Regulations. The planned completion of work is September this year but obviously with the Coronavirus situation our plans may need to be modified as necessary. Please be assured that the safety of our colleagues and the general public is paramount in everything we do. I will update this portal regularly with any more information as I have it. As always, should you require any further information or have any queries, please feel free to contact me via this portal. Best Wishes, Kevin

By Nicola Wigington

Covid-19 Update: Following the latest government advice, projects are currently under review to ensure that only essential works are carried out. There are currently no physical works being undertaken at this site and although there are some further minor works planned it is likely that these will be delayed. Further updates will be issued when more information is available.

By Nicola Wigington

Covid-19 Update: Following the latest government advice, projects are currently under review to ensure that only essential works are carried out. As the site works have not yet commenced for this project there are no immediate impacts.  We will continue working on plans and designs but it is likely that the start on site will be delayed. Further updates will be issued when more information is available.

By Nicola Wigington

Covid-19 Update: Following the latest government advice, projects are currently under review to ensure that only essential works are carried out. As the site works have not yet commenced for this project there are no immediate impacts.  We will continue working on plans and designs but it is likely that the start on site will be delayed. Further updates will be issued when more information is available.

By Nicola Wigington

Project progress update in relation to Covid-19: Currently the project is progressing and we are continuing to plan with the expectation of starting on site in the next few weeks. We will continue to monitor government advice and will provide updates via this portal if anything changes.