Contractors World UK & Ireland Edition Vol 4 No 1 - page 15

Drainage Boards
Reach Out For New
Cats
To maintain the economically sustainable
flood defence systems in the Cambridgeshire
and South East Lincolnshire area, North
Level District and South Holland Internal
Drainage Boards have each taken delivery
of a Cat 320EL Super Long Reach Excavator
from Finning.
The two new units will help with the
cleaning and clearing of weed and silt de-
posits in and around the waterways of
Cambridgeshire and South East Lincolnshire.
The essential work will reduce the risk
of flooding, enhancing the drainage envi-
ronment in the surrounding area, protecting
farmland, homes and wildlife.
Two specialist drainage board engineers
worked closely with Finning to identify the
most effective equipment solution, which
included the use of a specialist basket
attachment.
This is the first time that North Level
District and South Holland Internal Drainage
Boards have purchased a Cat machine from
Finning.
Ed Johnson, Operation Engineer at North
Level District Internal Drainage Board, said:
“The removal of debris is critical to this
operation and by combining a specialist
basket with a Cat 320EL Super Long Reach
Excavator, we are able to work on the side of
the waterway safely.
The prudent investment we have made in
adding this to our fleet will allow us to con-
tinue performing our role more effectively,
making it possible for us to retain water in
the summer months for irrigation of crops,
whilst enhancing the drainage capabilities
in areas of flood risk throughout the year.”
Andy Price, Operations Manager at South
Holland Internal Drainage Board, added:
“Our drainage system consists of many wa-
tercourses, pumping stations and a number
of other water level control structures.”
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