I am pleased to report that the upgrade work at the pumping station will shortly be drawing to a close. We have successfully installed 4 new abstraction pumps, a new High Voltage electricity substation in a more suitable area within the building and installed the new riverside intake band screen to comply with The Eels (England and Wales) Regulations 2009. All equipment has been rigorously tested and has been running to transfer water to fill our Abberton Reservoir to over 93% full at present.
The Covid restrictions have meant that some minor works have been delayed a little but our contractor IWS will be returning to site on 17th May to complete some outstanding tasks which hopefully will be completed, and their site cabins removed, by the start of June.
The final major piece of work will be the installation of 2 new delivery main flowmeters which is to be carried out by an Essex & Suffolk Water networks construction team. This was originally planned for the winter months but excessive rainfall and high river level over the Christmas period made it unsafe to consider excavating close to the river bank.This work involves making two excavations, one within the site boundary and the other just over the fence into the riverside garden, now maintained for us by the Parish Council. In agreement with the Council, we will be fencing off the working area to prevent access from the garden gate entrance. This work is planned to start in w/c 17th May and should be complete within 4 weeks. Any disruption to garden area will be reinstated in consultation with the Parish Council.
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