EEL PROTECTION SCHEME

River Bure (Belaugh)

The Eel Regulation Compliance project at the River Bure in Belaugh 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 Bure.

Planned Work

WHERE WE WILL BE WORKING AND WHAT IT WILL INVOLVE

The Belaugh intake will remain operational throughout the duration of the work with only short shutdowns required.  These shutdowns will have no impact on our ability to supply water or any notable impact outside of the site.

The main construction work will include installation of drum-shaped screens underwater on the front of the existing concrete structure.  Protective piling and a floating boom will be installed in the river to shield the structure from boats and floating debris.  The existing post and rail fence around the outside of the intake compound will be replaced. A noise-reducing green GRP (plastic) kiosk will be constructed within the existing intake compound to house the control equipment and instrumentation that will allow us to operate the screens. An inner fence to the main compound will be installed around the kiosk for security.

To provide our workforce with access to the river, a temporary trackway will be installed for the first few months between the pumping station site and the intake compound.  The trackway will be fenced with a designated crossing point for pedestrians to ensure safe access and enable the public footpath to remain in use.

The installation will be undertaken using divers in the water with specialist underwater equipment.  A crane will be used to lower the new screens, the protective boom and the kiosk into place.