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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.

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.

By Nicola Wigington

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Work has started this week on replacing the old fencing around the intake site, see the before and after photos below.  These works are expected to be completed next week.

By Nicola Wigington

We've been making good progress carrying out non-intrusive surveys in preparation for the start of the construction works and are planning next week to undertake a ground investigation survey which will involve a small rig being brought to site to drill a hole into the ground by the intake.  This survey is to check the ground conditions in preparation for the installation of the control kiosk, several soil samples will be taken at different depths.  The surveying is planned to start on Monday 27th January, it will be done during normal working hours and is expected to last a maximum of two days.  There is likely to be some intermittent percussive noise while the borehole is being drilled, it may take up to 30 minutes to drill for each sample but there will be breaks in the drilling while the sample material is collected.  Our contract team will aim to keep any disturbance to a minimum. To provide safe access to site for the plant and equipment we will be temporarily installing traffic lights on the main B1354 Coltishall Road, just for the duration of the survey.  Vehicles will access and exit the Belaugh site via Back Lane as described on the Traffic Information tab of this website.  The traffic management will be removed after the survey works and will only be reinstated when it is required for the main construction works. We've recently undertaken a similar survey on our River Waveney site in Suffolk, so please take a look at the attached photos for reference. The following week (Monday 3rd February) work will start on replacing the stock fence around the site.  This should have minimal impact in terms of people and vehicles and the work is planned to take 1.5 weeks.

By Nicola Wigington

The project has entered the final stages, I'm very pleased to report that the 28 day trial was completed successfully and the new screens coped really well with the heavy flooding over the Christmas period.  The footpath has been reinstated and was reopened in December.  The last few stages of the scheme will include optimisation of the screen running times and a general site tidy up.

By Nicola Wigington

The screens have been running well since the installation last month, commissioning is nearly done so we're about to enter into the final testing period. The last few civils works are being completed, installing the fencing and making good the footpath ready for the diversion to be lifted, hopefully by mid-December.

By Nicola Wigington

Hi and thanks for visiting our community portal for the River Waveney at Shipmeadow Eel Regulations project. My name is Nicola and I'm the Project Manager of this scheme for Essex & Suffolk Water.  I'll be providing updates on behalf of the project team throughout the life of the scheme so please remember to check back regularly to follow our progress. We're planning to start works in January/February 2020, commencing with the temporary access track on the field, between Lock's Lane and the river. This will enable us to access the site safely with larger vehicles like the crane which will be used in the main installation later in the year.  You may also see some of our team and other contractors visiting the site to undertake surveys before the main works start in the New Year. To find out more about the project check out the various pages on this project site. If you have any queries, have a look at our FAQs or contact us via the comments. 

By Nicola Wigington

Hi everyone, We're planning to carry out a survey of the Belaugh pumping station and intake sites and the adjacent field this week using a drone (weather permitting).  I'd just like to reassure you all that the drone will be operated by our experienced, licenced operator and it will be programmed specifically to capture images relevant to the site works, no residential properties or land will be included in the survey or stored. If you have any queries please feel free to get in touch via the comments below.