Reactive Team Wins 2022 South West Water Pure Environment Award
We love hearing that our employees go above and beyond to get the job done across our contracts for Glanville’s key clients.
In early 2022, Supervisor, Nick Pothecary was awarded a Pure Environment Award for implementing a practical solution with an environmental focus on a blocked sewer in Tintagel, Cornwall.
We are pleased to announce that further from this Pure Award, Nick and the NSA team have been awarded the overall Pure Environment Award for 2022.
The award was won for his work on a blocked sewer that was positioned in a difficult location on a steep overgrown slope with no easy access for vehicles and equipment. Nick was responsible for supervising the investigations into the cause of the blockage, locating the exact location, and the remedial work to clear the blockage. This incident came with plenty of challenges, including difficulty with access due to very narrow lanes and the tough ground conditions meaning the team had to perform ground clearance by hand.
As the supervisor on this job, Nick was responsible for establishing effective safe working throughout for Glanville employees and also ensuring in the first instance that the pollution was mitigated despite identifying a partial collapse during rehabilitation.
When the partial collapse was identified, Nick again organised safe access for the lining crews ensuring the equipment was safely moved to the site, and the rehabilitation carried out successfully. The NSA team, as always, worked incredibly hard with long hours and weekend working to provide a solution to the problem, which included installing a temporary over-pumping arrangement that needed to be visited twice daily due to the volume of rag causing the sewer to be blocked.
Communication between all parties was essential in ensuring this blockage was fixed successfully while protecting the treatment works from septic sewage. Nick and his team worked tirelessly to ensure that the pollution risk was mitigated, that the issue was identified as quickly as possible, the health and safety of the teams working on site were ensured, the set up of the over-pumping arrangement was done in a safe and satisfactory manner and liaising with the landowners to agree an acceptable way forward.