Hello and welcome to our first project update on the Southend lead replacement scheme!
I’m Jayne Hull and I’m the lead pipe replacement coordinator for Essex and Suffolk Water. I and the rest of the team will be keeping you posted with project updates. We’d also love to hear back from you. Please use the comments below or the ‘contact’ page. This is a new scheme so any feedback you have is really important to us!
Tomorrow, Wednesday 16th January and Thursday 17th January our samplers would like to take a water sample from some customer taps so you may spot us on the street or we may call at your door to request a water sample from your tap. Your patience during this time is very much appreciated. We’ll always present our identification to you if we knock at your door.
Also, anyone that has been in touch with us to request an appointment to discuss their free lead pipe replacement will be contacted this week. Our contractor, Lowman, will be phoning everyone back to arrange an appointment date.
If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to contact us to register your interest for your free lead replacement. Remember this offer is free for a limited time only! Please contact us on 01268 664118.
Thank you for visiting our community portal
I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who signed up and had a water saving visit this year. Your enthusiasm and positivity towards the project have meant it has been a real success!
Water is a precious resource, and it is important that we reduce the amount of water we are wasting wherever possible. Your commitment to saving water and participating in this project has helped us do just that.
You are now saving water, saving energy and helping us to reduce our impact on our outstanding natural environment.
Together 2,779 of you took part saving over 1,380 bathtubs full of water a day.
In total 20,249 water and energy saving products are now in homes across Barking including:
1,957 water saving shower heads,
970 water butts for the garden, and
1,376 tap aerators for kitchen and bathroom taps
We also managed to repair 92 leaking toilets and 71 leaking taps for free saving customers the worry of getting it repaired themselves.
I hope you all continue to think about the tips and hints provided at the visits to help you save water, energy and money.
If you have friends and family who are interested in saving water please visit https://esw.watersavingkit.com/ where they will be able to order similar products for free to fit themselves.
Hi and thanks for visiting our community portal for the River Chelmer Eel Regulations scheme. My name is Nicola and I’m the Project Manager. I’ll be providing updates on behalf of our 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, commencing with the temporary bridge and access track between the River Chelmer and the Langford Treatment Works (to the north of the river). This will enable us to access the site safely with large vehicles like the crane which will be used in the main installation later in the year.
We’ll be putting in a temporary footpath diversion for the riverside path and this should be in place from late January/February. This will separate our works from the public and will help to keep everyone safe. When the details of the footpath diversion are finalised they’ll be made available on the ‘Traffic Information’ tab. Please visit again later for more details.
To find out more 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.
Merry Christmas to you all and look out for updates in the New Year!
We are planning to do the final mains connection on Thursday 29th November which will then be reinstated the following day.
The crew on site have worked very hard and we are pleased to say that the scheme will be completed this week with the road closure coming down on Sunday 2nd December.
This phase is progressing well,126 metres of 450mm pipe installed since Saturday 17th November, reinstatement is taking place today to where we have laid.
Photo attached: One of the reinstatement crew, floor sawing the trench edge to make a neat edge ready for the hot rolled asphalt to bind against.
The team on site are still working extremely hard. Phase 4 finished at midday on Wednesday 14 November with the road closure coming off at midday. The phase 5 road closure has been set up from Beccles Road/Crab Lane junction to Mallard Way.
Phase 4 total length of 450mm ductile iron pipe was 375 metres.
Since phase 4 started on Monday 29 October there has been approximately 200 metres of 450mm ductile pipe laid and as shown in the attached photos. The trench has been back filled ready for concreting later today, once cured the black hot rolled asphalt will be carried out for the permanent finish.
Second photo shows the pipe within the barriers ready for installation when required.
Work was completed on time crossing the 5 way multi traffic light junction, the temporary traffic lights were taken down Saturday 27th October at 2pm.
From Monday 29th October we have now progressed into the Phase 4 Beccles Road to Crab Lane road closure.
The team on site this week have been erecting the fencing to enable to complete trial holes at various locations to determine the route of the new main.
The carriageway will be planed today so excavation can start as soon as possible, photos attached of the road closure and the carriageway.
We are currently working through the 5 way junction along Beccles Road, this is were Church Lane/Mill Lane and Long Lane all join onto Beccles Road within a space of 60 metres, through this section we are working under temporary multi way lights and pedestrian crossings. The crew have installed the new 450mm ductile main underneath the existing 8” steel gas main.
The working area has also been kept to the bare minimum as to allow the traffic to flow freely.
We are still on course to finish Phase 3 on Saturday 27th October.
Work at site has now been completed and the new screen is functioning well to protect eels, the environment we work in and provide screened water to support our Abberton reservoir. As a reminder, this project was driven by our commitment to enhancing the biodiversity value of the rivers we abstract from and comply with the assocaited legislation, in this instance, the Eel Regulation (2009). Lets hope that this project contributes to an increase in the number of eel in the River Stour.
May we take this opportuninty to thank the residents of Brantham for their understanding and patience through the extended construction period.
This is the first project update for Every Drop Counts in Barking.
I'm Tim Wagstaff and I am the Essex & Suffolk Water Project Manager for Every Drop Counts in Barking. I and the rest of the team will be posting updates throughout the project to let you know how it is going. The project team is made up of many people and organisations all focused on supporting customers save water, energy and money. There is a 'Meet the Team' tab on the front page that introduces some of them.
WHAT IS THE ISSUE? Although it always appears to be raining, Barking is in fact one of the driest regions in the UK, receiving less rainfall than places like Spain and Greece. This is why, at Essex & Suffolk Water, we are passionate about promoting the efficient use of water so helping to protect the environment and meet the needs of future generations. Every Drop Counts is one of our campaigns that demonstrates our commitment to saving water and energy, and helping our local communities.
WHY BARKING? We have chosen to deliver Every Drop Counts in Barking to support the local community. Being one of the main growth areas in London over the next 20 years we want to support the local community in making the Borough a more sustainable and resilient place. Each of us manage to get through a staggering 4,500 litres of water a month which is the equivalent to 56 baths of water. If everyone in Barking takes part we can save a swimming pool of water every day.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Did you know the water you drink is sourced from the River Lee which is then stored in King George’s Reservoir and then cleaned at the Chigwell water treatment works? Using less water helps to maintain some of the outstanding natural environment at these wildlife rich sites and provides a great place for important species to breed.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? This is why we are inviting you to sign up for a FREE home water and energy saving visit worth over £130. Join your community today by signing up for a free water saving visit to reduce your impact on the environment and save money. Call us now on 0800 369 9933 to sign up. Alternatively email us with your telephone number and address at email@example.com
You may see the plumbers driving around Barking or parked outside customers homes so you will know others are taking part.
As I said, we will be providing updates on this Portal so please do keep checking to keep up to date. Also, please feel free to post a comment if you like and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Groundworks and Essex & Suffolk Water employees will be out and about in the community with events stands and engaging with community groups so if you see us come and say hello. If you would like to talk to us about how you can get involved either phone 0800 369 9933, visit www.eswater.co.uk/everydropcounts or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org