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.


What will the working hours be?

Typical working hours will be between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. There may occasionally be a requirement to work outside of these times but that will not be a regular occurrence.

Will my water supply be affected?

There is no anticipated impact on water supplies.

Will the work cause disruption?

The various construction activities will generate some noise in the immediate vicinity but this will be managed to reduce disruption as much as possible. The construction sites will be relatively small so it is very unlikely that there will be any noticeable difference in the volume of traffic as the B1019 is already a very busy road. There may need to be occasional traffic management utilised to enable larger vehicles to safely access and exit from the sites but we do not anticipate needing any long standing traffic light controls or other measures that would cause significant disruption on the surrounding roads.

How will residents be kept updated?

We will keep you informed with progress of the work via this portal.

Will the site be dangerous?

Construction sites always have the potential to be dangerous and we will make every effort to limit the risks to the public. The site will be operated by our fully competent contractor working to tight health and safety standards.  Working areas will be securely fenced off from public access.

There will be some hazardous operations undertaken such as crane lifts and working in the water but these are fully assessed and managed in advance of and during the operations.

We do ask that everyone respects the site fencing, signage and instructions of our team when required for your own safety and the safety of others.

Will the work affect access to the River Blackwater for fishing?

We will endeavour to maintain access to as many of the fishing points as possible and will only temporarily restrict access when necessary for safety reasons.

Please respect the site fencing, signage and instructions of our team when required for your own safety and the safety of others.