PMP Utilities (‘PMP’), a leading provider of asset refurbishment, renewal and repair services in hazardous, challenging environments and part of M Group Services, has completed an underground culvert survey on behalf of the Environment Agency (EA).
The man entry survey was carried to investigate the source of a series of pollution incidents to Royles Brook which runs under the Red Marsh Industrial Estate in Thornton-Cleveleys.
Simon Bennett, Catchment Coordinator at the Environment Agency, commented: “The Environment Agency is committed to maintaining our assets including culverts we own. In this case we have funded a vital culvert survey to highlight private network connections and an associated engagement campaign, jointly organised by ourselves and Wyre Council. The partnership enlisted PMP Utilities to conduct the culvert survey who worked closely with us to identifying possible connections and provide vital detail from within the culvert, which can now be followed up.”
PMP Utilities Project Manager Adrian Nicholls added: “A number of the brook’s pollution issues are believed to stem from the estate via discharge into the covered culvert section that runs for approximately 165 metres under the industrial estate. The man entry survey was commissioned by the EA to identify the potential ingress points of pollutants and to assist with finding those responsible for the illegal discharges. We are delighted to have had this opportunity to support the EA in this very important area.”
Throughout the survey, full self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and protective clothing was worn by the PMP team as they gathered detailed video footage and photographs and recorded chainage. The five-strong survey team, led by PMP Engineering Surveyor David Forrest, was also equipped with a standard 4 gas atmosphere monitor, a volatile organic compounds (VOC) detector and a sonde to help pinpoint specific locations from above ground with a cable avoidance tool (CAT).
The survey marks the beginning of a collaborative awareness campaign launched by EA North West and Wyre Council. The campaign, also supported by Fylde Beach Care and the Wyre Rivers Trust Programme, aims to engage local businesses and highlight the work being done to address and prevent pollution incidents in the region