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Jackson undertakes final stage of works to restore vital pumping station

Jackson is undertaking the largest and final stage of works to restore vital pumping station in north-east Essex to help protect two villages from flooding.

This project, on behalf of the Environment Agency, involves the replacement of the weedscreen at the lower end of the Ramsey/Dock River which requires piling to both river banks, new steel work and associated Reinforced Concrete pile caps and flood walls.

New bypass over pumping pipework will be installed to enable dewatering in the event of an emergency if and when required.

The Dock River cannot naturally flow into the Stour estuary, all water, including flood water, must be pumped into the culverts beneath the railway into the tidal estuary. These pumps can hold a maximum of three cubic meters of water a second.

The new weed screen works will provide a safer more effective means of clearing and maintaining the structure to prevent vegetation from blocking the pumps.

Jackson Site Agent, Lee Dunne said: “This scheme is a culmination of years of hard work and collaboration between Jackson and the Environment Agency under the ARPoW scheme.”

“When complete, this will improve the functionality of the weed screen ensuring a safer means of maintenance of the pumping station for all Environment Agency operatives.”

“In turn the new emergency bypass pipework guarantees that the Environment Agency are able to dewater the channel in the event of a failure of the main pumps.

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