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Thames Water: Pumping operations in Dry Lane

posted 21 Dec 2020, 07:35 by James Walker   [ updated 21 Dec 2020, 07:36 ]

We have been making enquiries with Thames Water to establish what they propose to do to overcome the problems that have required tankers for many months in Dry Lane. The good news is that an end is now in sight.

Thames Water have advised Crawley Parish Council that they will be carrying out work to line some of the main sewers in the village. They have been given a road closure date of 4th January 2021 (originally advertised as 14th December 2020) when their contractor, Onsite, will be starting work. These works should overcome the problems that have required tankers to carry out pumping operations in Dry Lane.

The lining work is shown on the map below. The lining work was raised to address the infiltration of ground water into the village sewer. The full length lining is approx. 135m in length on Foxborough Lane with patch lining sections on Foxborough Lane and Dry Lane. The sewer itself is not in a bad condition structurally but the ground water is forcing its way through joints which is the root of the surcharging issue.

Updated (21/12/2020)

The road closure application made by Thames Water, which was requested for December 14th, was refused so work on lining the sewers has not been able to start.

The new start date is Monday 4th January 2021. When the lining work is complete, Thames Water expect that their tanker operations on Dry Lane can stop. They anticipate a works duration of 7 - 10 days.

At present six loads per day are being pumped out. Each load is 4,000 gallons - so 24,000 gallons per day are being taken out of the sewer holding tank at the side of Dry Lane. The pumps in the holding tank are still working but they are not able to manage the total volume that flows in. The reason is that the sewers in the village are damaged and ground water is entering the sewers. The work to line the sewers should prevent the ground water from getting in.