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Xylem supports operation to make Whaley Bridge dam safe

07 October 2019

A major disaster was narrowly averted in a well-coordinated operation to prevent the collapse of the dam wall at Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge. Xylem Water Solutions UK provided pumps to drain the water and its rapid engineering response ensured a successful operation.

The wall of the reservoir dam was at serious risk of collapse after days of torrential rain led to what police called an "unprecedented, fast-moving, emergency situation". Xylem worked with SLD Construction and Kier, the main contractor for the Canal and River Trust (CRT), which runs the site, to achieve a positive outcome.

The water technology company deployed five 55Kw 2250 Flygt submersible dewatering pumps to draw water out of the reservoir at a rate of 250 litres per second. Within a week the water levels had been reduced by more than 10m and the town's 1,500 residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Read the full article in the October issue of DPA.



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