SLD to Delivers Pumps for Fractured Water Main

14 May 2019

An emergency call-out in the middle of the night following a burst water-main in East London resulted in a rapid mass deployment of SLD pumps from branches across the capital. SLD Pumps & Power is a trading division of Carrier Rental Systems UK Ltd, part of Carrier.  

Failure of the 42 inch water main that supplies homes and businesses in Hackney led to flooding of an underground car park and surrounding roads, stranding vehicles and bringing traffic to a halt. Around 18 million litres of water engulfed the basement of nearby flats, damaging the existing electrical water pumps due to water ingress.

SLD deployed a total of 15 high capacity pumps from its branches at Erith in East London, and Heathrow in West London. Equipment consisted of a combination of 6 inch and 8 inch super silent SLD pumps, and 4 inch and 6 inch hydraulic pumps. The SLD hydraulic pumps enabled quick repositioning as the water level receded, ensuring the flood was dealt with quickly.
Water levels in the basements of the residential block were reduced sufficiently after 48 hours to access and inspect the existing water pumps, and enable remedial action to be taken to restore operation. Clean-up operations followed and the area was fully restored within three days. 

David Rodgers, SLD’s national account manager who led the response, said: “After receiving the emergency call, we quickly attended the site to assess the situation. Taking into account the extent of flooding and the rate of rise, we were able to determine the temporary pumping capacity required to deal with the problem and provide guidance to the emergency services on how long it would take to clear.”

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