Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Repeated sewer flooding in Reading to end

Thames Water will this week begin a major project to protect vulnerable homes that have been flooded by sewage 13 times in six years.

The flood alleviation scheme will involve placing a large underground tank in Palmer Park, Reading, to act as an overflow in times of heavy rain, which has previously caused sewage backups into homes.

Thames Water head of capital delivery Lawrence Gosden said: “This is a massive project that we have been planning for a number of years and we are pleased that we can finally get this done.

“The tank will go underneath the ground and once completed will not be visible or obtrusive at all.

“This is a must-do job and one that will take away the fear of flooding to the five homes that were flooded repeatedly between 2003 and 2009.”

Reading East MP Rob Wilson said: “I will be keeping a close eye on these works to ensure everything goes smoothly and disruption to residents is kept to a minimum.”

Work will start on July 25 and will be ongoing for five weeks. Tank installation will start on September 6 and will be completed by the end of the year.

Readers' comments (2)


    Major Project? Massive project? Benefits FIVE homes? Thames Water taking 8 years to implement? Five weeks work or are works to last from 25 July to the end of the year? Local MP to act as supervisor for the works?

    Is this a slow news day?

    Pretty sloppy reporting fom NCE I think!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • why yet another unsustainable tank?
    What about surface water disconnection as is done almost everywhere in the USA?
    I guess TWS wish to increase their asset value again to keep MacQuirie happy

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.