Working to keep your water and waste flowing
Along with thousands of others helping to keep our country going, some of our workforce have been granted key worker status.
You can help us with our essential work by only flushing the 3Ps (pee, poo and paper) and by not approaching our teams when they’re working.
Each Wednesday, one of our key workers tells their story about what they're doing to keep taps and toilets flowing – and how their work has been impacted by COVID-19.
Here's the latest from Clive Mitchener, Sludge Treatment Centre Operator:
Protecting our employees
We must continue our work to safeguard our networks. We can safely carry out a number of jobs in line with the Government’s advice on social distancing. However, when carrying out some essential jobs, our employees can’t observe the social distancing guidelines for health and safety reasons – for example, jobs where two people need to lift heavy equipment.
Wastewater already contains nasties and our employees are used to working in a careful and safe way. However, to further protect our employees, we’ve supplied them with additional hand-cleaning facilities and PPE, along with their usual kit.
We have a wide range of work places and each will have differing requirements. We have carried out a risk assessment to address the risks that COVID-19 poses in Southern Water’s office environments:
COVID-19 risk assessment
Our essential work
We know it sounds obvious that we still need to work, given everyone will still want to flush their toilets and drink cups of tea. However, the impact of the essential jobs we do goes beyond those basic essentials.
Here’s a brief explanation of a number vital jobs we’re continuing to do so that we keep you, your homes and the environment safe.
Keeping taps flowing