A South East Water project on the edge of the South Downs has been highly commended for its dedication shown to the local community as work was fast tracked to secure water supplies for the area.
Two consecutive dry winters meant South East Water accelerated its plans to install the 6.4 kilometre water main near Jevington in East Sussex and upgrade its pumping station at Friston. The new pipeline gave the company more flexibility to move water around the area and therefore improve the security of customer’s water supplies.
The project team received highly commended at the Institution of Civil Engineers South East England Engineering Excellence Awards 2013 held last Friday.
Desmond Brown, head of engineering at South East Water, said, “Everyone who worked on this scheme knew just how beneficial it would be to our customers in the area.
“Facing tight timescales and environmental sensitivities I am extremely proud of all those involved and pleased that they have been recognised for their hard work and dedication.”
Work to install the new water main between the pumping station in Friston and service reservoir in Folkington took place during the Spring and Summer of 2012 as part of South East Water’s five year programme to invest £390 million in improving its infrastructure.