New screen provides protection for eels and fish in Surrey river

Mackley Goats Bridge 2

Working on behalf of SES Water, Mackley has recently completed a 12-week project to ensure the river intake at a treatment works in Surrey is fish and eel friendly.

Under the Eels (England and Wales) Regulations 2009, and working in consultation with the Environment Agency, SES Water was required to install eel screens at the River Wandle intake at the Goat Bridge Treatment Works at Mitcham in Surrey.

Water abstracted at Goat Bridge is partially treated and pumped upstream to Carshalton Ponds to maintain a constant flow over a gauging weir located at the ponds. This augmentation system operates throughout the year.

The project comprised the installation of the eel screens together with related civil, mechanical and electrical ancillary works at the river intake, and construction of an access track for future maintenance.

Mackley Goats Bridge

The design and manufacture of the eel screens was subcontracted to Eliquo Hydrok. The self-cleaning passive design with 2mm screen aperture – developed between SES Water and Eliquo Hydrok and approved by the Environment Agency – provides protection for both juvenile eels and other fish species.

Shaun Cooper, Mackley Project Manager for the scheme, said: “Our role included constructing a long unbound access track with turning points and service access points, to provide easy access for future maintenance.

“The eel protection system included stainless steel wedge wire passive eel screens, an automatic ‘air purge’ cleaning system, GRP kiosk, air compressors, an air receiver, connecting piping/ducts, control panel and water level transmitters.

“The air purge system is a first for SES Water and its ability to keep the passive screens clear of debris long term will be closely monitored.”

The £320,000 project was completed before the end of March as required by the Environment Agency, with the river pumps remaining operational throughout.

Footnote: Find out more about the remarkable lifestyle of the critically endangered European eel.

12 May 2017


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