Louisa Inch, director of Premier Water Solutions, said:
Premier Water Solutions was appointed to provide a foul and surface water design for a large house.
Due to the constraints of the site and a tidal groundwater, we advised that the best course of action would be to connect into the mains sewer that was 138m up the main road.
We inspected the underground services mapping and noticed that there were 14 underground services in the road that had to be crossed. These included the Trans Atlantic Data cabling, two medium pressure gas mains, BT fibre optics and a water mains.
Through careful planning and mapping, we successfully completed a zero strike.
Premier Water Solutions designed and installed a new pump station, air valve and rising main with five metres of gravity pipe with connection into the South West Water manhole. We obtained approval from South West Water for the connection onto their apparatus and from building control to comply with building regulations part H.
The client was more than satisfied with the project and the delivery. As a result of the successful completion of the project, we were then asked to design and install surface water soakaways for the one in 100-year event plus 40% for Climate Change. This was again successfully completed in the time frame and then signed of by building control.
Homeowner Julia Newnham said:
When I was advised that my building project was going to have its own sewage plant, I wasn't very happy.
My instincts told me there would be problems.
I contacted Premier Water Solutions and Louisa Inch came out to survey the site; immediately I felt in safe hands. Louisa pointed out that due the proximity to the railway line and the closeness of the sea, that having our own sewage plant might be an issue.
My builder that a plant would be fine and that I was worrying unnecessarily. The work started and we felt uneasy at the prospect of the plant when we saw the tide come into the first hole.
I called Louisa again and she very kindly took us on at this late stage of the build, designing a system for the foul water. Very rapidly work began with a great team working very long days to get the job done.
Dealing with Premier Water Solutions 10 Ltd, filled us with confidence that everything was being done totally professionally and correctly. I felt we didn't have to worry about anything...everything happened just as Louisa had designed and pointed out, and in the timescale.
I couldn't recommend Premier Water Solutions 10 Ltd highly enough!
Premier Water Solutions 10 Ltd has been named as a delivery partner in a new £3 million project to protect communities and property from the risk of flooding.
Premier Water Solutions 10 Ltd will join South West Water, Eden Project and Cornwall Sustainable Buildings Trust in looking at ways reducing the risk of flooding and subsequent loss across Cornwall and Devon.
Louisa Inch, director of Premier Water Solutions 10 Ltd, said: “The Pathfinder Property Level Flood Resilience Project seeks to establish a south west hub to lead on property-level flood resilience techniques and innovation. As a leading voice in protecting property from flooding, Premier Water Solutions 10 Ltd is pleased to be able to lend its support and advice.”
The Pathfinder Property Level Flood Resilience Project is funded by a central government grant, awarded to South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Region and incorporates Cornwall Council, Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.
The funding will help identify high-risk areas, highlight flood protective measures, raise awareness of the risks and prevention of flood-related damage and seek to innovate and development new protective measures.
Paul Minshull, strategic resilience officer, for Cornwall Council said: “Cornwall Council is pleased to be working with the Environment Agency on the new Pathfinder Property Level Flood Resilience Project. This project will enable the lead local flood authorities in the flood and coastal committee region and their partners to increase local awareness about the benefits of protecting our homes and businesses from flooding.
“We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experiences of providing property level flood resilience and creating a foundation for changes that will have positive benefits to the people of the south west in this era of a changing climate.”
The funding follows on from a competitive evaluation process in which three projects across Yorkshire, Devon and Cornwall and central England were chosen to receive funds to boost research into, and uptake of, property-level measures to protect homes and businesses from flooding.
The funding will go towards new research initiatives, demonstration centres and advice portals which will help people to learn about the benefits of installing measures in their homes which can significantly reduce the potential impacts of flooding.
Louisa added: “Property-level flood resilience can include a range of measures to reduce the damage that flooding can cause to buildings. This can include installing flood doors, replacing traditional chipboard kitchen units with stainless steel, using slate tiles instead of carpet and ensuring that electrics are raised off ground level around the home.
“The measures can significantly reduce the amount of time people are out of their home following a flood.”
Premier Water Solutions 10 Ltd has partnered with Floodflash Insurers and can now reward properties and businesses who invest in using flood preventative measures by offering reduced premiums and excesses for properties that falls outside of the requirements of Flood Re.
The South West Partnership project, led by Cornwall Council, will focus on local innovation to enhance the future take-up of property flood resilience measures. As well as establishing a demonstration hub and web portal it will seek to simplify and streamline processes, increasing the flood resilience of communities across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The Government is currently investing £2.6 billion to better protect 300,000 homes and thousands of business from flooding and coastal erosion between 2015-2021.