This week, teams at Essex & Suffolk Water have taken on urgent installation of two new water mains.
The first of these new water mains is based in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, through development company, BeFirst. The development company are working with Essex & Suffolk Water alongside their contractors to get 93 temporary housing units ready for the Local NHS Trust for use during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The team are currently installing the mains to the first phase of this development ready for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust units to offer temporary housing for NHS staff in the area, or as a secondary treatment unit to support the local hospitals.
The second urgent water mains installation scheme Essex & Suffolk Water is supporting are distribution and logistics company, Ziegler at the London Gateway port in Stanford-le-Hope. Ziegler have over 100 staff that are key workers supporting the Nightingale and other hospitals across the region through the Coronavirus, providing vital supplies of PPE equipment.
Tamsin Lishman, Essex & Suffolk Water's Asset Management Director said: "I'm delighted that we are able to provide these essential services to support the work of the NHS in our regions during the coronavirus.
"Being able to expedite these works with our partners and contractors means we can help many others to get through this challenging situation together.
"On behalf of everyone at Essex & Suffolk Water, I would like to thank all of the amazing key workers, NHS employees, and care givers for the incredible work they are doing during this uniquely challenging time."