Getting back on track after Covid-19

Many Local Authorities had to suspend different working disciplines while they adjusted to the new social distancing guidance from the DfT. The non-cleansing of gullies across the country is one such discipline that carries with it a level of risk. By delaying the start of cleansing programmes or slowing the productivity through implementation of social distancing, each authority increases the risk of surface water flooding, accidents and litigation.

Local Authorities are increasingly turning to surveying of gully condition and silt levels as part of their approach to combat this. A large percentage of gullies are cleaned each year unnecessarily, while others remain uncleansed due to program overrun, funding cutbacks or other distractions like Covid-19. By adopting a surveying approach to cleansing, each Local Authority can fulfil a statutory duty to maintain their network while maintaining social distancing.

KaarbonTech, who provide software to manage over 50 Local Authority drainage networks, have been advising customers on the best way to get “back on track” using surveying. Existing cleansing staff that cannot complete cleansing operations can be redeployed to work in line with social distancing guidelines and collect valuable survey data for better planning, when normal services can resume.

Mark Entwistle of KaarbonTech says “We have physically surveyed over 800,000 gullies on behalf of customers and have proven that the cost of surveying is always negated by identifying gullies that don’t require cleaning. Eliminating a large number of gullies to clean enables Local Authorities to get back on track and reduce the risk of surface water flooding. Whether using our subcontract services or in house staff, surveying makes sense”

More advice on the management of cleansing can be found in the form of guides and advice on the KaarbonTech website