Changing and enlarging existing lakes and reservoirs is now a popular option for those who want to increase stored water availability. We are seeing many new developments of dams or just reworking of existing dams and their surrounding land throughout the UK, in an effort to support ever growing demands for water for;
1. Electricity generation
2. Farm irrigation
3. Drinking water demands
Other reasons for the increases in retainment may be to help with;
1. Flood risk management
2. Navigation management
3. Pollution containment
All water bodies at some point suffer from increasing build-up of silt and other sedimentation. Not only do the increased depths of silt affect the volume of water that these waterbodies can hold, it also affect the management and quality of water.
Here are some of the main reasons for dredging reservoirs and containment water bodies;
1.To improve water storage volumes
2. To improve the stored water quality
3. To discard any contaminated materials
4. To remove the silt and other sediments
5. To reduce risks to pumping and cooling equipment
6. To reduce building costs and demand, otherwise required
There are many methods of dredging and because reservoirs and containment water bodies generally cover large areas, access for equipment and general site access is often unrestricted and therefore offers a choice of dredging options, which in turn can keep the project relatively simple and cost effective.
We would need to carry out an environmental impact and management assessment though. This means that dredging methods of a suitable nature are applied in order to eliminate any risk to wildlife and the local area.
Heathland Aquatic Engineering has been supplying dredging services for all types of water bodies including reservoirs for many years. Our range of equipment is designed in such a way that it can be adapted to suit any location and situation. We are able to dredge anything from confined spaces with reduced access to large expanses of water with easy access.
We supply all equipment and our services to domestic and commercial clients throughout the United Kingdom. For more information and advice about any of our products or reservoir construction, reservoir design, planning, reservoir maintenance or fishery and consultancy services, please email email@example.com or call 0800 3891990.