Stonbury are immensely proud to be supporting our clients across the UK at such a crucial time and have been designated as 'key workers' by DEFRA and the UK water utility companies. Our teams are working tirelessly to help secure and maintain drinking water supplies, ensuring clean and safe drinking water is provided without interruption to critical services such as our hospitals as well as the general public. Now more than ever, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance and we have adapted our safe working practices to ensure social distancing precautions are in place and that the correct hygiene practices are being followed. Making safety is our priority, and we endeavour to make sure everyone at Stonbury goes home safe to their family.
Previously operations staff were regularly called to unblock the existing catchment chambers, from build ups of gravel and stone washed down from the stream beds.
As both sites were in very isolated and remote locations, and as there was no vehicle access, all plant and materials used in the modification works had to be manhandled quite long distances over very rough terrain.
At the first site, displaced rocks and boulders were removed from the stream bed and used to reform the catchment embankments. Timber shutters were then installed within the stream to allow the casting of a new concrete wall, to assist in directing water to the existing catchment chamber.
New GRP open checker plate grills were installed between the new wall and existing concrete chamber wall, to prevent rocks and stone blocking the inlet pipe and chamber.
At the second intake part of the existing concrete catchment weir wall was demolished to allow the installation of a new Aquasheer Coander stainless steel collection screen, and new concrete collection chamber.
This in conjunction with new collection pipework has ensured that the catchment will now deliver constant flow to the works, without the previous problems of blockages by river gravel and stones.