The Rushes: Flood Proof Sewage Treatment Case study
The Rushes historically shared septic tank and soakaway with the neighbours. The undersized tank and failing soakaway caused sewage to back up in the foul drains causing terrible problems and a costly annual desludging/ emptying bill.
Flood-proof sewage treatment
The ideal solution was for the combined system to be replaced with a new separate package sewage treatment plant serving only The Rushes. As The Rushes is situated on the Somerset Levels and has been known to flood there was a need to design the new system to withstand flooding.
It was first thought a standalone system would not be possible but after the drains were inspected and levels taken, a new Conder ASP plant was proposed with a new discharge into the local rhyne. The new system was designed in such a way that it was able to be submerged in times of flooding and not impede the course of the natural flood waters (an Environment Agency requirement). The system was however also designed to be protected from damage i.e. all electrical components were to be situated above flood waters so that the system could be back on as soon as the flood water receded, enabling rehabitation of The Rushes as soon as possible.
With a system designed, WCI handled the Environment Agency and Drainage Board permitting and the entire system installed within 4 days.
Result: working foul drains, lower running costs and improved neighbour relations.
- Conder ASP 6 package sewage treatment plant
- Blower components installed above flood risk levels to protect electrical components from possible flooding
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“We would like to thank everyone at WCI for the fantastic job that they done answering our questions and installing our sewerage system. When David was originally contacted we didn’t think we would be able to have our own system put in, so when he said it was no problem it was a great relief. Everything went according to plan with the work being done with professionalism and courtesy. The men arrived on time every morning and got on with the work without disturbing anyone, they went above and beyond their remit. David handled all aspects of building control and planning. We would highly recommend them.”
Paul and Sue Sayer