Storm Babet has wreaked havoc across the country with the Anglian Water region in the Midlands and East of England being particularly hard hit.

Danaher & Walsh is part of the Anglian Water team that manage the network – it hasn’t been business as usual over the last few days.

11th hour call keeps main hospital open

On Monday evening at 9pm there was a serious incident at Pilgrim Hospital, the main emergency hospital in the region. A private contractor working on their land breached their sewers.  The hospital rang the Fire Brigade, and 25 firefighters attended the incident along with private pumping companies, however the problem remained as the sewer had totally collapsed.

The sewer is not part of the Anglian Water network, but in desperation, the hospital phoned Anglian Water to see if there was anything they could do to help because the situation was getting so bad that the flood in their boiler room was within an hour of meaning that the hospital was going to have to be evacuated.

Danaher & Walsh have been working in conjunction with Anglian Water for 18 years and the skill and experience of our team, led by Danny Ellis, who managed to over-pump across the breach in the sewer, meant that the situation was contained and the hospital remained open, with the patients not having to be disturbed.

Pollution Prevention

Rising flood water from Storm Babet was threatening to pollute an environmentally significant and sizeable pond.  Danaher & Walsh, in conjunction with Anglian Water, worked overnight on Friday night into Saturday morning. We successfully used our knowledge and problem-solving ability to prevent the pollution from occurring and maintain the integrity of the pond.

Three-car rescue

The third in our series of rescues was for the neighbours of our facility in Spilsby.  Storm Babet caused many roads to be flooded in the area.  At around 2.30pm a neighbour called one of our managers personally with an SOS – the road is flooded and people can’t get through – is there anything Anglian Water and Danaher & Walsh can do? Yes, there was.  We attended the area in question, helped the situation and even pushed three cars out of the flooded area.

Storm Babet tested the resolve of the IMR WR alliance, and as always when faced with adversity, the team pulled together and got the job done. It is a testament to the character of the team, that even when faced with the potential of the main A&E hospital entering a critical emergency status, they remained calm and focused on the task at hand.

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I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved, and I want to thank each and every person who assisted during this event for protecting our assets, environment and the people in our region.Neil Fitzjohn | Programme operational excellence manager of IMR WR Alliance.

The team’s resolve is never underestimated, and whilst the guys will consider it business as usual, this was a test that they passed with flying colours.

Danaher & Walsh Civil Engineering, as proud members of the Integrated Maintenance and Repair (IMR) Water Recycling Alliance, are celebrating again!

Hot on the heels of winning awards within the Alliance, IMR has picked up three more prestigious awards at the National Anglian Water Awards ceremony held on 22 June 2023.

Collaboration Award

This award was won for our commitment to the skills programme we run with Grimsby College to identify, promote and reward apprenticeships.  The alliance was recognised for collaboration and proactivity for various initiatives including:-

• Pipes and fittings day

• Meet the employer

• Dedicated mentors

• Dedicated support teams

Digital Change and Transformation Award

This award was won for our innovative work on the digital MAP 16 platform, which enables streamlined line of site in our working practices to proactively prevent pollution and blockages and to improve and maintain the environment for our customers.

Supplier of the year (large)

Danaher & Walsh and the rest of the IMR Alliance were delighted to be awarded Supplier of the Year to Anglian Water.

“We are very proud of the work we do with the IMR Alliance and Anglian Water and we are delighted to have been recognised for our hard work and dedication.  We are always striving to make things even better, and we look forward to what we can achieve together in the future.”
Neil Fitzjohn Framework Delivery & Performance Manager.

Here are some photographs from the ceremony at Rutland Water:

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Danaher & Walsh is very proud to be part of an Alliance of civil engineer pipeline contractors working on a 15-year framework for Anglian Water.

We work collaboratively 24/7/365 to protect and enhance our environment, by maintaining and enhancing our wastewater infrastructure, by deliberating delivering differently, for the benefit of all customers in the Anglian Water region.

Every year Anglian Water hold an awards ceremony to recognise the successes of the Alliance – particularly how we work together to enable Anglian Water to deliver their commitment to ‘love every drop’ which is expanded on in the business plan they have committed to via Ofwat.

Anglian Water is an incredible organisation to partner with.  They commit to their suppliers and work with them as one big team and these Awards are part of that.  By rewarding our performance and those of our peers, they encourage us to strive even harder to look after their customers, their communities, and the environment around them.

As part of the Integrated Maintenance and Repair (IMR) Water Repair (WR) Alliance, we were thrilled to be very successful at these Awards. 

We won or were recognised in all five categories:-

  • Best Health & Safety – Marti Cooper and Yuri (Mini -Vac Ex)
  • Best Colleague – Danny Ellis
  • Best Team – Flow Monitor Team and delivery of this scheme of work.
  • Best New Way of Working – Drive reward and MAP 16 network tool
  • Best Scheme – IMR WR Lincolnshire (D&W & AW) – Tallington and Barholme, surface water infiltration reduction scheme.

We are very proud of our colleagues’ work on the Anglian Water framework and are proud to represent Anglian Water as part of the IMR WR Alliance. 

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