Category: Water mains

Water mains project nears completion

 The project is finally nearing completion with only a few minor details to attend to before we can turn our attention to the serious business of connecting flats to the new supply.  The final work may still take a little time and we appreciate your patience.

We now have a connection through the wall of the boiler room that joins with the Thames Water main on Biddulph Road. You will see from the photo that it is not yet connected to our internal pipework as we are still waiting for Thames Water to make the final join and to fit a water meter.

Connection to Thames Water mains supply on Biddulph Road

The break tank (below) is full installed. This will be filled from the mains to give Ashworth Mansions a steady reserve of water so that we can maintain pressure at all times.

New mains water break tank

Break tanks for mains water supply

The pumps (below) are also fully installed. These will supply water from the break tank through the pipework that runs at the back of each block and then into the individual flats themselves. The pumps will be sound proofed to keep the noise down and we are still awaiting this material.


New pumps for water mains will ensure even pressure across the esate

Finally, we are beginning the detailed planning of how and when each flat can connect to the new system. We will be issuing plenty of communication on this subject including detailed FAQ’s but will hold off on this until the new system is fully functioning and tested.

Update on progress with new water mains

The new pumps have now been installed and we expect the tank to be in place by the end of this week. The system then needs to be chlorinated for four weeks before Thames Water can connect it to the mains. We will circulate detailed information to residents concerning the new water supply once this process is complete.

Work starts on water mains

Work on the installation of a mains water storage tank and pumps into the plant room in the basement of block one begins on Monday 22nd January and is expected to last until March.  We hope there will be limited disruption as the work will be mainly contained within the current boiler room and office space, but inevitably there may be some disturbance from the associated building work.

Following completion of the works there will then be a commissioning and test period to ensure that the system operates satisfactorily and that the Thames Water mains supply connections are in place. Following satisfactory completion it will then be possible for residents to connect their flats to the new water main system.

The contractor  carrying out the work is BTU Heating Limited and if you do have any  problems during the course of the work please contact the contracts manager who is Nigel Romans on 07768 722577. Please note that BTU have not been retained to advise on plumbing the individual flats. Once the current phase of works is completed, we will circulate flat owners with full details of the new system including FAQ’s on what you can expect from the system and on how to get your flat connected.

The relief caretaker is also aware of the work taking place.  His contact telephone number is 07946 589322 and he will be able report any problems on your behalf.

Water Mains

The water mains contracts for pump installation and connection are now going out for tender. Once the tenders have been returned and evaluated there will be a further 30 day statutory consultation period. At that time the Board will be circulating a fact sheet intended to answer lessees’ questions about the system, connections etc. Please contact us at , or via the managing agents, with questions you have so that we can make the briefing as comprehensive as possible. The Board will be appointing a project manager to oversee the contract.

Water mains – notice of intention to carry out work

Ashworth Mansions Limited intends to to enter into an agreement to carry out works in respect of which we are required to consult leaseholders.  This work is the installation of Break Tanks and Pumps to provide Mains Water to individual flats. 

The Management Company consider it necessary to carry out the works because the current supply is insufficient and better quality water will be available from the mains. We invite you to make written observations in relation to the proposed works by sending them to us at Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward. Observations must be made within the consultation period of 30 days from the date of this notice. 

The consultation period will end on 23rd December 2006 and not as shown in the circular delivered to lessees. We apologise for the error and any confusion caused. We also invite you to propose, within 30 days from the date of this notice, the name of a person from whom we should try to obtain an estimate for the carrying out of these proposed works.  

Water mains connection

As described in the annual report, the final stage of the mains water installation is planned to commence early in 2007. As the first stage of the statutory consultation process, the managing agents will shortly be sending out the required notices, which will enable us to go to tender with prospective contractors. When this process is complete there will be a further consultation process, during which a detailed explanation of the installation and of the process for connection to the system by individual leaseholders will be issued. The Board is conscious that there will be a number of leaseholders who have purchased their flats recently and who are not familiar with either the new water installation or of the requirements for connection. The Board is intending to appoint a project manager to assist in the transition from the current system to the new system.

John Sutcliffe


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