Environmental screening

To provide our customers with high quality drinking water we sometimes need to undertake major construction projects such as laying new pipelines or upgrading treatment works.

We go to great lengths to ensure that during these construction projects we protect the environment in which we are working.

We have our own in-house Environmental Team who work closely with our engineers, in addition to specialist ecologists, arboriculturalists and archaeologists.

Sites are restored following construction and on some occasions we are also able to create new habitats to encourage native species to flourish.

Recent examples of our philosophy in action are:

Case Study: Oakhanger

We laid a 4.3km pipeline from Oakhanger Water Treatment Works to the Bordon area of Hampshire, working within the South Downs National Park and near to an a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

To protect the endangered Great Crested Newts living in the area we installed special fencing. An archaeologist also supervised the top soil removal so that all previously unknown finds were expertly handled and recorded.