EEL PROTECTION SCHEME

Eels Regulations (2009) Compliance Project

We will be and are currently upgrading the following works to install new screens that are compliant with the Eels Regs 2009. Lumley WTW - (Works here are now complete), Blackwell RWPS - (Works here are now complete), Warkworth WTW - (we are also installing new pumps at the river water intake) , and Broken Scar WTW. The new screens will also improve the resilience of the works and protect the water supplies for our customers for many years to come

Project updates

Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon

I am sure by now you may have noticed Peter and his team by now as the pipe work for the new part of the building is pretty evident. (have a look at the photos)

All is going to programme and the demolition work of the original building is complete hence the steelwork.

The roof work is due to start 24th and we will try to keep our impact as minimal a possible.

If you do manage to see Peter, he is a very sociable guy please feel free to say hello (social distance of course).

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the work especially those residents adjacent to the works, we appreciate it.

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning,

This "Eels" blog is really guided to those residents who live in the Warkworth area where, we have been working for some time now. I did mention previously how we would be exchanging and replacing some pumps over the coming months; apologies for the late notice as tomorrow is one of those times!

Peter will be up there at site, early doors around 7ish to guide in the crane required to lift out the old and place in the new pump, it will be just a days work so if you happen to be out and about (as it is a beautiful area) please be that more vigilant.

One more pump after this one, and I will let you know when, thank you again for your patience.

Have a good day and stay safe.

Joan

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning All,

Just to let you all know we have now started work on the Eels screens at Broken Scar, I'm sure you will have seen Peter and the team by now. Here is a copy of the letter we have delivered on behalf of Northumbrian Water:-

"Our experienced partner, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) will be extending and refurbishing the inlet building of Broken Scar Water Treatment Works. Following this, working in conjunction with The Environment Agency we will then return to install four new eel screens at the same area. We continue to follow UK Government guidance regarding COVID-19 and as it stands currently, the initial refurbishment work will start on 1 June 2020 and will last until 31 October 2020. We will then return to install the screens from February 2021 up to October 2021. Welfare and office facilities for the team will be based at the Treatment Works to limit the vehicular activity and the accompanying noise impact.The eel screens will not only provide security of water supply for the future but will also enable Northumbrian Water to achieve compliance with the Eels (England and Wales) Regulations 2009. The Eels Regulations were introduced by a European Commission to protect eels as European eel stocks are low and continue to decline. The recovery plan aims to return the eel stocks to sustainable levels. As mentioned above, the timings of this work cannot be guaranteed however, we will continue to monitor Government guidance. We are committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of our employees and our customers. The site teams will adhere to the social distancing guidance and we ask that during this difficult time that you also maintain a social distance from our staff once the work gets underway."

 Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have.

Stay safe

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon,

Following on from my previous update, it's that time for us to return and the good news is it will be a short visit.

Next week Peter and a couple of his team will be taking delivery of two welfare vans and on 29th will be bringing in a crane. It will be just for the one day so as to refit one of the pumps that needed to be modified; it has now been checked and we can now install it. The reason to do it now is because this is the earliest opportunity and its essential to give the works more resilience especially in these uncertain times.

We will of course follow UK Government guidance regarding COVID-19 as it stands currently, and ask should you wish to use the area for your allocated daily exercise you are more vigilant during this time and to be aware of the pedestrian accesses.

We are committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of our employees and our customers and the site teams are adhering to the social distancing guidance and we ask that during this difficult time that you also maintain a social distance from our staff once the work gets underway.

Don't forget should you wish to ask any questions please feel free to drop me a line.

Please stay safe.

 

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Morning All,

Just a further update on Warkworth and the last for a little while.

We will be demobilising the cabins at the site over the next few days as our work is about complete although we will return for a couple of days at the end of this month and then again in the Spring.

I would just like to thank the residents and the Angling club for their continued support and understanding during the work, we really appreciate it.

Peter and the team have liaised and worked closely with the locals and their reaction has been so positive as they had expected more of a disruption.

Many thanks again to you all.

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good Evening, 

We are about to start a scheme near Maften (Pont Aqueduct), for the best part of the next couple of weeks, we will be carrying out enabling works, in particular improving the access road into the site. There are some large pot holes creating a lot of standing water which is also used by the public and horses. Extra care will be taken especially if anybody is passing through while work is being undertaken. Work will stop until pedestrians pass and commence again when it is safe to do so.

The main work involves building a fish pass in situ and is away from the public so at times it might seem there is cabins on site and no work been carried out, but the site is located 800m from the public track. A close watch on the weather will play a large part to this scheme as it will be tricky balancing what work is capable of been carried out due to restrictions.

If you have any questions about the project, please comment below or use the 'contact' option at the top of this page to email the project team directly.

Thanks 

Sarahjayne 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon,

Just spoken to Peter and he is very happy..............

He and the team have had a couple of busy weeks, both new screens are now installed and all working just fine. The newly installed pumps (3) are in test mode and whilst that is happening the team are just putting in place on site for the future maintenance plan.

Divers will be back on site soon, so I hope to get a photo or two, so watch this space.

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon All,

I just wanted you to be aware of where we are with the works........

We have been conducting some tests and trialling a new pump in advance of the installation of another new screen. There will be a crane arriving 16th September, however prior to that on the Saturday prior, (14th) we will need to prepare for it's arrival along with all the other subsidary works. The crane will be of a considerable size, actually 95T as the screens are huge. (as per my previous photos)

To reduce any impact on that Saturday we will work a reduced working day between 8am until 4pm.

Thank you again for your co-operation and understanding during this time, and don't forget if you want to ask us any questions please feel free.

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning,

Here is our update..........

Peter and his team are progressing well and they have commissioned the first screen for use. They have also installed some outer trash screens to protect the Eel screen for years to come.

This week they will be runing the first new pump and screen over a period of time (probably for the week) to trial everything.

 

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon

Just to keep you informed of what's happening.............

The new screen was installed and all went to plan as well as the kiosk that is now ready for the pipework to be connected and installed . Thank goodness before the change of the weather which would have impacted operations.

Next week we are expecting a crane on site (Tuesday 18th) just for the day to install the first pump holder.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding during this work, we really appreciate it.

If there are any questions you would like to ask please feel free.

Have a look at some of the photos!

 

 

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