Charlie Elphicke MP (Dover and Deal) called a meeting at the Palace of Westminster yesterday with the agencies and organisations who manage flooding issues.
As a result of the severe weather experienced in early January, a number of flooding incidents affected our region, and in particular the Deal area.
Flooding is a complex issue and one for which many agencies and organisations are responsible. As a water company, we are not the agency directly responsible for investigating and solving groundwater, river flooding or surface water problems however these issues often impact adversely on the sewer network.
We work alongside local councils, the Environment Agency, highways authorities and others to help address these issues collectively and we welcomed this opportunity to discuss how we can provide a reliable and sustainable wastewater service for the people of Deal.
Southern Water is investing heavily in Deal and surrounding areas. We have undertaken extensive inspections of the sewer network and sewer level monitors have been installed in key areas to provide an early alert system to improve our response to issues with our network.
In addition, an improvement plan is underway at Golf Road wastewater pumping station (WPS). Due to complete by July 2016, the plan involves the replacement of the control systems on site as well as the refurbishment of the stations three storm pumps.
Furthermore, throughout 2016 we will be working on a wider drainage area plan for Deal, this will involve looking at options to reduce surface water impact and future capacity for development.
Across the Southern Water region, we are looking at traditional and innovative new methods to reduce flooding and improve levels of service for our customers. We are committed to working collaboratively with other organisations who, like us, have important drainage responsibilities.