River Blackwater (Langford)

The Eel Regulation Compliance project at the River Blackwater in Langford is for installation of eel friendly screening equipment at our abstraction point on the river. The work is driven by the need for Essex & Suffolk Water to comply with the Eels Regulations (2009) and will improve the biodiversity value in the River Blackwater.

Update by ESW Project Manager

Langford Mill Eel Screen Update

The eel screen installation at the Mill has progressed rapidly in the last two weeks. The old screen structure was removed once the river was drained down allowing the new support framework and walkway to be installed in the same location.  The new wedge-shaped screen was then lowered into the river and connected back to the support structure. The mesh screening panels were set in place once the main structural installation was completed.

Works continue on the electrics, controls and debris removal systems as well as peripherals like an access pathway and new fencing. Testing and commissioning starts in earnest next week (from Monday 31st January).

The attached photos show the recent progress and the screen in situ. Click on a photo for a larger view and to see the explanatory caption.

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