Temporary pumps to protect properties

By Richard Wright

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


SOUTHERN Water has brought in temporary pumps to protect properties from flooding in Ryde.

It follows the breakdown of Appley pumping station last week, which left low-lying homes at risk.

A Southern Water spokesman said: "Following problems at our Appley pumping station in Ryde, we have set up temporary pumps to protect homes from flooding.

"The sewer system which serves the area continues to carry waste-water flows from homes to Sandown for treatment.

"However, the site’s three storm pumps, which release excess storm-water to sea during heavy rain, suffered mechanical problems on Friday.

"They have been taken away to be repaired. The temporary pumps were installed on Monday.

"Without them, the sewer system could become overwhelmed by rainwater, causing toilets to back-up and flood people’s homes.

"This temporary set-up, on land owned by Southern Water, is expected to remain in place for the next three months or so but we will endeavour to leave as many car parking spaces free as possible."

The water company said release of storm-water into the sea only happened during extreme rainfall when its 950,000-litre storm tank filled.

"The temporary pumping set-up performs just as the normal storm-water one does — filtering the water to remove solids before it is released to sea," said the spokesman.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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