SEW pushes back water supply scheme by two years
South East Water (SEW) is delaying a major project to tackle future water supply and demand requirements in the Fleet, Basingstoke, Sandhurst, Yateley and Camberley areas for a further two years.
The scheme, part of SEW’s a wider £424M investment, was scheduled to start in April next year but has now been pushed back to April 2020. The water supply from Bray Keleher Water Treatment Works, near Bracknell, needs to be increased otherwise there could be a future shortfall in supply.
SEW project manager Ben McKellar said: “As part of our water resource management strategy South East Water’s planners forecast future water supply and demand requirements as this allows us to identify additional resources that we will need.
“A future shortfall in supply has been identified in the Fleet, Basingstoke, Sandhurst, Yateley and Camberley areas if we cannot increase the amount of water we are able to move around the network. The water supply for these areas is from our Bray Keleher Water Treatment Works north of Bracknell.”
McKellar continued: “Consequently we are currently planning a scheme to lay a new 4.5km, 40in diameter water main to reinforce our existing 36in diameter water main in Sandhurst, Yateley and Camberley to provide additional capacity and to protect our customers’ future water supply.”
He said that following feedback from attendees to drop-in sessions about the project earlier this year the decision has been made to delay the scheme for two years “to allow us more time to continue our studies of the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and gather further data”.
The project will take 18 months to complete.
- Suez and CDPQ buys GE Water for 3.2bn euros Suez and Canada's Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) are buying GE Water & Process Technologies from... Read More >
- Labour plans National Infrastructure Commission if it wins General Election Labour plans to put the UK's long-term infrastructure needs centre stage are expected to address crucial water and... Read More >
- World's largest UV plant wins award The largest UV water treatment facility in the world has been recognised with an award from the International Ultraviolet... Read More >
- Top Tips for… Building Asset Resilience PR19 will be a considerable step forward from PR14, requiring a significant shift towards greater service resilience and a... Read More >
- A Time to Skill: how can water face its workforce challenges? Faced with the double challenge of an ageing workforce and a potential barrier to bringing in EU talent due to Brexit, how... Read More >
- Grit removal: the importance of protecting downstream equipment The water industry needs to wake up to the costly damage that wastewater grit can cause and take action to ensure that key... Read More >
- Reliability engineering key to resilience As a result of the 2014 Water Act and Ofwat, water companies are increasingly studying how resilient they might be to... Read More >
- Getting to Grips with... site security The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is classed as ‘severe', and damage or destruction to... Read More >