Hertfordshire County Council identify most problematic drains

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 February 2016

Hertfordshire County Council has identified the top ten most problematic drains

Hertfordshire County Council has identified the top ten most problematic drains


Hertfordshire County Councillors have identified the top ten 'hotspot gullies' in each area of the county.

Up to ten of the most problematic drains in every area of Hertfordshire will be inspected for a ‘dig out’ programme of works this winter.

At the start of 2016, every Hertfordshire county councillor was asked to nominate up to ten ‘hotspot gullies’, otherwise known as drains, in their division.

Engineers from the council’s contractor, Ringway, will now visit each of the nominated gullies for an inspection and ‘dig out’. Initially a three-month project dealing with up to 770 gullies, the work carried out will then be evaluated and further specialised resources may be allocated if needed.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We have turned local knowledge into a positive project to tackle problematic drains. This targeted approach is cost effective and will allocate resources to those sites known to cause the greatest inconvenience, such as those used regularly by pedestrians and large numbers of vehicles.”

Kevin Carrol, Ringway’s Divisional Manager, explains: “It is a misconception that overflowing drains are purely caused by blockages.

Often, the drainage system simply cannot cope with the amount of water that collects on surrounding surfaces, especially during prolonged, exceptionally heavy downpours. No amount of cleaning would help this.”

On behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, Ringway routinely maintains all of the county’s 168,000 gullies, with silt cleared to allow maximum surface water to drain off the highway as quickly as possible.

The 770 named gullies are being evaluated and those which will directly benefit from a ‘dig out’ are now being prioritised for attention.

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