WELSH WATER REPLACING FAILED ESPLANADE STORM PUMP

A mobile crane lifts the first of several hatches in the Esplanade to reach the big pump 30 feet below the surface

A mobile crane lifts the first of several hatches in the Esplanade to reach the big pump 30 feet below the surface

Welsh Water engineers are on Penarth sea-front this morning working on replacing a faulty storm pump in the massive 40-foot deep underground cavern beneath the surface of the Esplanade.

The work is expected to take most of the day.  The existing pump had failed and could have caused problems in the event of bad weather and heavy rain.

Few Penarthians have ever seen - or indeed smelt - this. It's the inside of the 40 foot deep shaft beneath the Esplanade which contains raw untreated sewage at the bottom.

Few Penarthians have ever seen – or indeed smelt – this. It’s the inside of the 40 foot deep shaft beneath the Esplanade which contains raw untreated sewage at the bottom.

Rainwater collected from the roadside drainage system and raw sewage is pumped to the Cog Moors treatment works  but in severe weather excess rainwater is discharged to the sea via a newly laid sub-shore pipe line leading from the old Northern Promenade beneath the beach and into the sea below the low-tide level.

 

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3 Responses to WELSH WATER REPLACING FAILED ESPLANADE STORM PUMP

  1. Frank Evans says:

    Drain the swamp!!

  2. Max Wallis says:

    When did the existing pump fail and has sewage from the Esplanade area (including the Kymin and the Pier) regularly been going untreated to the sea.for weeks?
    Surely its not just stormwater but also untreated sewage that will continue to go to sea down this storm water overflow? Cog Moors sewage works is overloaded, so even if the new Kymin-Esplanade pump can handle greater volumes, it just means extra goes into the by-pass at Cog Moors that takes storm overflows to sea from Lavernock Point. Dwr Cymru did object in the LDP process that the hundreds of new houses in Sully and at Cosmeston would require extra treatment capacity, then mysteriously withdrew that objection without explanation. They say they have “no concerns” at sewage bypassing the treatment works (they permit it themselves). They shine ultra-violet lamps on it to destroy some of the bacteria during summer-time overflows, but turn off the lamps out of the bathing-season. It’s not their concern that kayakers and dogs on Barry Island beaches catch infections (as last winter) for they don’t need to meet any standards outside the bathing-season (April to Sept.).

  3. AK says:

    Who in their right minds goes swimming off Penarth? The EU Directive on Bathing Water Quality makes no mention of kayakers or dogs; and the water at Barry Island for the all clear after the dog scare, did it not?

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