The construction phase of this project is now complete.

There may still be updates, so the project will remain here. We are still monitoring the project and will reply to any comments. So if you have any questions please feel free to comment or contact us here.


River Chelmer (Langford)

The Eel Regulation Compliance project at the River Chelmer 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 Chelmer.


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 to take advantage of the longer daylight hours in the summer.

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 and disruption in the immediate vicinity.  Traffic volumes will slightly increase at times for the delivery of materials and construction plant to the site.  A crane will be operating in the works area to lift some items of plant and construction materials within the working area.

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 are always 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 and the diverted footpath will be clearly demarcated and signposted to separate the public from the works and site traffic.  Please take extra care where the footpath crosses the site access track.

There will be some dangerous operations undertaken such as crane lifts and concrete pours but these are fully assessed and managed in advance of and during the operations. The public will not be allowed anywhere near these operations whilst they are being completed.  We understand that it is often interesting to watch the activities and the safest place to do this will be on the footpath diversion route.

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

Will the work affect access to or from the Langford Museum of Power?

When the Museum host weekend shows they use an overflow car park and part of the Langford Water Treatment Works access road to exit the car park.  The temporary bridge for our project access to the site will be in the same area as the exit from the overflow car park but we will work with the Museum and around their schedule to ensure that the bridge installation and removal works do not affect use of the car park or access road.

There will be no impact on the Museum of Power for any other type of visit.

Will the work affect access to the River Chelmer footpath?

Yes, there will be a temporary diversion of the footpath in place for the majority of the project duration to maintain a safe separate between the public and the working area.

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