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La Société Marine Section invites you to film screening of ‘Message in the Waves’ on 5th December 2017

October 30th, 2017 by La Société Guernesiaise

La Société Guernesiaise Marine Section is showing the film ‘Message in the Waves‘ about plastic litter in the ocean at Frossard Theatre, Candie Museum on Tuesday 5th December at 19:30.

La Société Guernesiaise Marine Section revisits this poignant film 10 years after it first helped raise awareness of the extent of marine litter pollution around the world and the devastating impact on wildlife.

We will explore recent developments both locally and globally to address this on-going challenge.

The event is free and open to all.  Please email Laura Bampton – to reserve a seat.


Guernsey Water creates sustainable drainage system at Vauvert Primary School

May 19th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water, in partnership with Education Services and Vauvert Primary School in St Peter Port, has installed a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) at the school, which has reduced the quantity and the speed of the flow of surface water into the foul water network.

The alley has been covered in a permeable resin-bound material, which is angled gently towards the planted swale to retain even more water (click image to expand)

An alley behind the Vauvert Primary School building has been modified and resurfaced with a permeable resin-bound material to help reduce the amount of water that enters drains, and may overwhelm them in a short time during periods of heavy rainfall.

Tarmac along the outer wall of the alley has been removed to create a planted swale consisting of graded stone, grit and top soil, which receives about 200 square metres of runoff water. Continue reading

Clear Guernsey watercourses of vegetation and silt by 15 June to reduce flooding risk

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

Photo courtesy of Guernsey Water (click to enlarge)

Guernsey Water reminds islanders who have streams, douits, and other watercourses on their land to ensure that they are cleared of vegetation and silt by 15 June 2017.

This vital maintenance of waterways is undertaken annually to ensure the unrestricted flow of water into the island’s catchments and minimise the risk of flooding.

All streams are required by law to be cleared of vegetation and other obstructions by 15 June ahead of Parish inspections by the streams committees. Continue reading

Guernsey wastewater network extension programme to be dependent on availability of funds

September 18th, 2015 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water is committed to its Network Extension Programme (NEP) to connect Guernsey properties to the public sewer.

However, as our policy letter states, the current delivery target of 95% public sewer property connection by 2020 is no longer appropriate.

It has always been Guernsey Water’s position that demands on resources need to be allocated on a priority basis.

Further work to connect more properties is only undertaken when the funds are available within the prioritised programme of investment in Guernsey’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Continue reading

Final phase of the Belle Greve Wastewater programme underway

May 1st, 2015 by Guernsey Water

High density poly pipes coming out of the factory

High density polyethylene pipes coming out of the Pipelife Norway AS factory in Stathelle (click image to expand)

As part of the final phase of Guernsey Water’s upgrade of the island’s wastewater facilities, over two and a half miles of pipe in nine sections are making their journey from Norway,

Pipelife Norway AS manufactured the purpose-built, high density polyethylene pipes in Stathelle on a fjord, where the pipes are stored temporarily in preparation for their seven-day journey to the island.

Mark Walker, Capital Delivery Manager at Guernsey Water, said “the pipes will arrive in Guernsey in early May and will, subject to formal agreement, be temporarily moored at Soldiers’ Bay, where they will be fitted with concrete collars in preparation for being placed on the seabed via a controlled sinking operation.” Continue reading

Road closures due to wastewater project in Route de Longfrie area

September 4th, 2014 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water advises island residents that the next phase of its wastewater network extension programme will begin in the Route du Longfrie area of St Pierre du Bois from 29 September 2014.

The project to extend the main sewer will incorporate a number of roads in the area, and will take approximately 10 months to complete.

Once completed, the extended sewer will allow up to 103 properties to connect.

Due to the nature of the works Guernsey Water regrets that there will inevitably be some inconvenience to residents and businesses in the area, however extensive consultation with Environment, Traffic Services Department has produced a programme of road closures designed to minimise the impact of these works. Continue reading

Wastewater extension to close St Andrew’s Road from 4 February to 17 March 2014

January 28th, 2014 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water is advising islanders that part of the current phase of its wastewater network extension programme will involve closing St Andrew’s Road from 4 February to 17 March 2014.

The road will close from Les Poidevins junction to Rue de la Boullerie junction, and the diversion route will utilise Les Poidevins and L’Ecluse.

The project to extend the main sewer has incorporated a number of roads in the area, and has approximately 3 months left to run.

Once completed, the extended sewer will allow up to 110 properties to connect and will incorporate the Naftiaux housing estate.

The final part of the project will see completion of the remaining section in Rue de la Boullerie close to the Naftiaux Estate and connection of the flows from the Estate in late March/early April.

Andrew Redhead, Director of water services, said “Guernsey Water acknowledges the disruption that the roadworks will cause, but we are committed to extending the wastewater network in order to reduce our reliance on cesspits where it is cost-effective to do so.”

“We appreciate that St Andrew’s Road is one of the Island’s main routes, but fortunately the diversion is fairly simple and shouldn’t increase journey times by much.”

More information on the traffic management arrangements for the area can be obtained from the Island Roadworks website.


Guernsey Water’s Le Truchot work closes one Weighbridge roundabout lane until 26 January 2014

January 15th, 2014 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water‘s wastewater flooding alleviation project at Le Truchot commenced on Tuesday 14 January 2014.

The project incorporates traffic management arrangements and the relocation of the taxi rank.

The traffic management arrangements will consist of limiting the Weighbridge Roundabout to a single traffic lane while work on the roundabout and carriageways is undertaken.

Despite this restricted access, one carriageway will remain operational at all times. These arrangements are planned to run from 14 to 26 January 2014.

Once these works are complete, both carriageways will be reopened and work will move to the taxi rank area at Le Truchot/Lower Pollet. Continue reading

Weighbridge taxi rank temporary move to North Beach car park at end of January 2014

December 21st, 2013 by Guernsey Water

The taxi rank at the foot of Le Truchot and the Weighbridge roundabout beyond where Guernsey Water will work in January 2013 to alleviate future surface water flooding (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The taxi rank at the foot of Le Truchot and the Weighbridge roundabout beyond where Guernsey Water will work in January 2014 to alleviate future surface water flooding (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Guernsey Water‘s forthcoming project at Le Truchot to alleviate surface water flooding will incorporate 18-hour daily working and the repositioning of the taxi rank.

Starting from 14 January 2014, contractors Geomarine will work from 6 am until midnight each day for the first two weeks of the project in order to get the work on and around the Weighbridge roundabout completed as quickly as possible.

The decision to extend the working hours was taken after consultation with the States of Guernsey Environment Department on the best way to reduce traffic disruption in the area.

Work on the roundabout is expected to be completed by 26 January 2014, then excavations will begin in the taxi rank area at Le Truchot. Continue reading

Guernsey Water encourages winter care of pipes and oil tanks

November 24th, 2013 by Guernsey Water

(click image to download Guernsey Water's winter care advice sheet)

(click image to download Guernsey Water’s winter care advice sheet)

Guernsey Water is asking customers to take care of their pipework and oil tanks during the winter, to avoid problems with leakage or spills.

The utility is keen for customers to be aware of potential problems when the temperatures start to drop.

This includes lagging pipework and outside taps, checking oil tanks and catchment pits for leaks, and preventing flooding by turning off internal stop taps if customers are leaving their property for a long period of time. Continue reading