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News Centre > Tuesday 25 October 2016

Guernsey Water commissions bespoke survey unit for foul water surveys

Guernsey Water has recently taken receipt of a new bespoke CCTV survey unit replacing a desperately old vehicle with something a lot more high tech. 

This vital piece of equipment helps Guernsey Water survey miles and miles of the island's foul and surface water sewer networks. 

Network engineers from the company worked closely with the coachbuilders and other suppliers to ensure the specifications met Guernsey Water's current and future requirements. 

The CCTV survey equipment takes its power from a battery, rather than a generator making it quieter and more flexible to run so is less likely to disrupt residents when working at night. The vehicle also has dimmable amber safety lights to minimise disruption at night.

The vehicle is equipped with high quality remote cameras, one of which is steerable saving a great deal of time when navigating around bends from manhole to manhole. The cables are longer to enable greater distances to be covered in a single set up and there is a winch on the rear of the unit for lifting and lower the cameras into deeper manholes.  There's even a small water jet to keep all equipment free from any sewage after each survey. 

Jon Holt, operations manager for Guernsey Water said:  "The new unit itself has been built to a very specific standard and will allow us to survey our foul water pipes which range from 100mm to 1200mm in diameter utilising different combinations of tractors, cameras and light-heads.

"The unit is unique having integrated both existing mainline and new equipment into the final build.  It will help make our work much more efficient, accurate and hygienic."

Guernsey Water's new mobile CCTV unit

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