Project To Replace Huge Water Tank

3 June 2019, 14:23 | Updated: 3 June 2019, 14:29

Sevenoaks water tank

Work has started today to replace a huge underground water tank in Sevenoaks which currently holds around 3.7 million litres of drinking water and supplies homes and buseinesses across the town.

The Solefields Reservoir was built nearly 100 years ago but South East Water says it is getting to the end of its useable life and needs to be swapped for a modern larger structure.

The firm says supplies won't be affected over the course of the project which is expected to take around ten months. Customers will received their water from a second underground storage tank on the site served by the Cramptons Road Water Treatment Works located to the north of the town.

To minimise disruption to nearby homes and Solefields School, a new temporary road will be built to carry construction traffic between the reservoir site in Ashburnham Close and the A225 Tonbridge Road.

In addition, vehicles travelling to and from the site will be instructed not travel though Sevenoaks town centre, using the A225 and A21 instead.

Another safety measure will be a 20 mile per hour speed restriction on approach to the new access road 200 metres either side of it.

Paul Beaumont, Project Manager at South East Water said: "As the reservoir comes to the end of its usable life at the grand age of 96, we're future-proofing Sevenoaks' water supply by replacing the tank with a larger structure designed to meet the town's water needs for the next 100 years.

"The tank stores treated drinking water produced at Cramptons Road Water Treatment Works in the north of town and is released on demand as customers turn on their taps.

"Without this vital work, Sevenoaks residents in the future could experience low tap water pressure or no water at all during times of high demand.

"Another existing storage reservoir will remain in place at the site to keep taps flowing during the work.

"Residents can keep up to date as work progresses via our website, corporate.southeastwater.co.uk/Solefields."

This work forms part of a £424 million improvement project between 2015 and 2020.