Water works end

By Surrey and Hants News in Utilities

A £250,000 project to improve the resilience of Godalming’s water supply has recently been completed by Thames Water.

Work to upgrade the Frith water booster station, which helps pump 22 litres of drinking water a second to around 15,000 properties, began in September and finished last month.

Old, inefficient pumps were replaced with new ones at the Sandy Lane site, while a new and quieter back-up generator was installed so the machinery can continue operating as normal if the main power source fails.

The improvements mean water supplies are much less likely to be interrupted due to pump failures or power cuts, and Thames Water’s engineers can drain the nearby Priorsfield Tower reservoir to inspect its condition without local water supplies being affected. Work on the 135-year-old reservoir, which has to be inspected every 10 years, is set to begin in the autumn.

Thames Water project manager Steve Doell said: “This project is a great example of how investment in some of our smaller sites can still make a big difference by improving the essential service we provide.”