Severn Trent and Nottinghamshire County Council partner up to protect more homes from flooding in Newark

Tuesday 14 May 2019

 As part of its £60million project to improve the water and waste network in Newark, Severn Trent has worked in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council to provide additional flooding protection to over 40 homes.  

The FTSE 100 Company installed better and bigger sewers in the town, and with support from Nottinghamshire County Council, an additional 43 road gullies have now been installed to further protect homes and businesses from surface flooding.  

Nick Wallace, design manager from Severn Trent said, “Nottinghamshire County Council have been instrumental in the success of our project in Newark, and we can’t thank them enough for their continued support since work started. With their contribution to the new road-side gullies, it means that now there’s even more lasting benefits to the work we’ve been doing in the town.  

“The gullies will work alongside the new sewer system, and it means that when it rains, the rain water can quickly make its way into the bigger sewers, and not cause any flooding or problems on the road.”  

Severn Trent has been working in Newark since 2016 with working partners BNM Alliance carrying out the work on its behalf.  

The company say that when all work is completed, 400 homes and businesses will be protected from flooding, and that nearly all of those properties are now benefiting from the project.  

Councillor John Cottee, chairman for Communities and Place committee said, “This is a great example of how partnership working can really benefit local residents by reducing flood risk, minimising disruption and saving money. 

“Our gullies – which are designed to reduce flood risk along the highways -  were installed by Severn Trent as part of its major work, meaning we have avoided the need for a separate set of roadworks and  further disruption for residents .  

“It is of course a far better use of public money working in this way. It  follows similar joint working with Severn Trent as part of recent projects in Mansfield, Hucknall and Lowdham. Where practical, we’ll  continue this type of joint working  for even more schemes around the county.”

Severn Trent say that when the project is complete, Newark will benefit from 15 miles of new and improved water and sewer pipes, ensuring the town is protected from flooding and has a reliable water supply to last generations. 

 Nick continues: “As our work in Newark is nearly coming to an end, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank the people of Newark who have been nothing but supportive and patience throughout our project, while we have been completing some incredible feats of engineering in their town.” 

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