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image depicting Graham Murphy, director of engineering, with Sue Wilkinson and Dick Stearn of the Coffee Lake Meadow residents’ committee, and Karl Goff and Gareth Morgan from H5O’s site team celebrate the end of the scheme
Graham Murphy, director of engineering, with Sue Wilkinson and Dick Stearn of the Coffee Lake Meadow residents’ committee, and Karl Goff and Gareth Morgan from H5O’s site team celebrate the end of the scheme
Work on a new £2.8 million storm storage tank in Lostwithiel has finished.

The new tank has been built on farmland near the sewage pumping station in Coulson's Park. It has been designed to store storm water received by the pumping station during times of heavy rainfall and is connected to the pumping station by a new pipe under the River Fowey.

At 20 metres diameter and 10 metres deep, the underground tank is capable of storing 1,220 cubic metres of storm water. This is in addition to the 200 cubic metres of storm storage capacity at Lostwithiel Sewage Treatment Works.

This extra storage means fewer storm discharges will be needed from the pumping station to the River Fowey at times of extreme rainfall. This, in turn, will protect the shellfish beds in the estuary.

South West Water and its H5O partners were originally due to start work on the tank in February 2012. However, local residents had concerns when we announced our plans for the scheme, which would involve accessing the proposed construction site through the nearby housing estate.

Following a public meeting, the project team redesigned the scheme to reduce the number of HGV movements through the estate. Work started in June after a residents' committee was formed to keep everyone up-to-date on progress.

To celebrate the successful completion of the project, local residents and others involved with the scheme, including Sheryll Murray MP, were invited to join South West Water's Director of Engineering Graham Murphy and the project team for a celebratory event.

Around 50 people attended the lunchtime event on 28 March 2013 at the Earl of Chatham pub, the location of the original public meetings.

South West Water's Director of Engineering, Graham Murphy, thanked all those involved for their patience and support during the scheme, and two members of the residents' committee also asked to contribute their thanks to the site team for the part they played in the smooth running of the construction. 




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