When severe storms ravaged the south and caused a sewage tank to collapse over the Christmas holidays, Selwood’s round-the-clock service helped avoid an environmental disaster.

The rough weather wrecked the storm tank at a Southern Water site in Ham Lane, Lewes, Sussex, on Christmas Eve.

The tank, designed to store rainfall when the drainage systems are overwhelmed, spilled hundreds of thousands of litres of waste water onto the land and threatened the nearby River Ouse.

Selwood’s pump hire experts were called upon by Morrison Utility Service to carry out emergency over pumping to help avoid further contamination.

Selwood immediately sent a team with four Selwood S150 Super Silent pump sets and more than 800 metres of hose and specialist fittings. The S150 pumps were chosen because of their performance, reliability and solids handling capability.

As the storms continued, a further call came a week later on New Year’s Eve when more pumps and equipment were urgently needed.

A dedicated engineer was appointed to the project round the clock to guarantee service response times, and a fully-briefed team was on site at first light to install the equipment.

Selwood installed a solution which allowed for the main inlet to be over pumped into a temporary storage tank system before being sent to a temporary mobile screening unit. The team’s rapid response and attention to detail ensured that despite the scale of the problem, the environmental impact was kept to a minimum.