Team Stonbury completes the Water Aid Mountain Challenge 2017

This month we sent the Stonbury team to Langdale in the Lake District in support of WaterAid In what was described as treacherous weather conditions, team Stonbury successfully completed the rugged, rocky and steep paths up the peaks of the Langdale Pikes. Contributing to the WaterAid mission to cover every Wainwright; Loft Crag, Pike O'Stickle, Thunacar Knott, Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle were climbed, before making a steady descent back to the dry, warmth and flatland.  A big well done to all our team members who took part and completed in just over 4 hours!   

Water tower refurbishment creates new homes

A new set of speakers playing Swift bird call sounds will help to find some new residents for the 16 nesting boxes that have been recently installed on Essex & Suffolk Water’s Southwold water tower. The playing of call sounds during June and July has been proved to be very successful for attracting Swifts into new nesting boxes and it is hoped fun loving couples would enjoy moving in to the new properties with excellent views over one of Suffolk’s premier towns. As contractor for Essex & Suffolk Water, we carried out the work of installing the new nesting boxes, whilst the water tower received a £290,000 refurbishment to protect and maintain supplies to Southwold and ensure the highest quality drinking water. Alex Mueller, conservation advisor for Essex & Suffolk Water said: “Research has shown that new nesting boxes that use the call broadcasting system have up to a 60 percent success rate of attracting a mating pair of Swifts and this is proving successful in getting birds to use new facilities.” The water company has worked closely with SOS Swifts, a group established in 2014 to add support to the national effort to raise awareness of the threats faced by Swifts, and is a joint initiative between Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Suffolk Ornithologists' Group. Honorary President of the Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group and environmental campaigner and journalist, John Grant, inspected the playing of bird call sounds at Southwold water tower and unveiled a small plaque to mark the occasion.     “Swifts like to nest in small cracks and holes and on a water tower this might not be the best location for their homes. We are keen for them to use the nesting boxes so there is no damage to our buildings and the Swifts have a better place to bring up their chicks,” Alex said. “Supplying high quality drinking water to 1.8 million customers in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk means that our business is intrinsically linked with the natural environment. We work wherever possible to protect and enhance the natural world. Providing sanctuary for wildlife like this while we are carrying out improvement works is a great example of this,” she added.   The striking Art Deco designed water tower in Southwold stands at 26 metres tall and was constructed in 1937 and holds 150,000 imperial gallons or 681,000 litres of drinking water. That’s enough for 8,500 baths or two baths for every resident. SOS Swifts volunteer, Edward Jackson said: “Swifts are amazing birds. Apart from a few weeks each summer when they are with us raising their young, they spend the rest of the time in the air at heights of up to 3,000 metres, travelling between the UK and southern Africa  - and even sleeping on the wing!  Their screaming calls as they chase each other over the rooftops is one of the special sounds of summer.’ “Across the UK we have lost almost half our Swifts in the past 25 years. We believe this is mainly due to nest sites being destroyed as old buildings are demolished or roof repairs and improvements seal up existing nest sites.  Most people don’t realise they may have Swifts nesting in their roofs, as they are so fast and also very clean as well.” “SOS Swifts is working to help Swifts in communities all across Suffolk and is delighted to be working with Essex & Suffolk Water and Stonbury to provide 16 new nest sites on the Southwold water tower.  It may take several years, but we hope that young birds from the colony of Swifts that is with us in Southwold right now will find and use these new homes - and help secure the future for this most iconic bird of summer.”

Northumbrian Water - WaterAid Golf Day

Team Stonbury, represented by Jon Featherstone, Peter Finlay and Mike Ciaraldi from NWL, participated in the annual Pro-Am golf challenge 2017 Held at The Northumberland Golf Club in Gosforth, the team were ably supported by Gordon Catterall, the professional at The Middlesbrough Golf Club. Despite the poor weather, the team recorded their best team score yet, of 8 under par for the round and whilst it was not enough to secure a prize, the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Sponsorship raised through the event will contribute to the ongoing works of WaterAid. 

New Derby Offices

On the 4th May 2017 we officially took possession of our new regional offices in Derby When the full Stonbury re-fit has been completed, the new offices will accommodate our Green Team, who currently reside in temporary offices at the Severn Trent Melbourne WTW.  Although we have thoroughly enjoyed our time onsite, the growth of the Green Team has meant more space is needed. Many thanks to Severn Trent Water for your hospitality. We look forward to returning the gesture, with our client hot-desks at Derby to facilitate our continued collaboration.

Stonbury join Yorkshire Water as Platinum Partners for WaterAid

We are pleased to announce our continued support to WaterAid through a Platinum Partnership with Yorkshire Water To commence the first of several WaterAid events, we were delighted to host a table at the Doncaster Races this May.  Thank you to Yorkshire Water for organising a great event, we look forward to joining and supporting WaterAid activity throughout the year.

The British Dam Society - Supervising Engineers’ Forum

Stonbury we’re delighted to attend and present at the British Dam Society’s 13th biennial Supervising Engineers’ Forum earlier on the 27th April 2017 The forum successfully brought together industry reservoir specialists and supervising engineers, for insights and discussions on industry topics from incidents and on-site plans to maintenance and repair, through to the application process. James Stonor, Managing Director, presented under the Assessment, Maintenance and Repairs session for Concrete Repairs in Service Reservoirs. For any questions following the forum or copies of our presentation, please do not hesitate to get in touch.