De-silting is a major part of our portfolio and has grown substantially as more and more clients can see the scope and expertise we can offer. De-silting, whether it be a lake, pond, stream, ditch or other water body is messy, tiresome, difficult work and is rarely easily accomplished. Not that you will notice this, we ensure that the client has a trouble free project.
De-silting work varies enormously depending on factors as diverse as de-watering, type of silt (organic or inorganic) the saturation of the silt, where the silt can be disposed of, the existing bed of the lake or pond, if there are fish or other wildlife to translocate or remove and countless other issues almost too numerous to go into.
AES Europe Ltd has a track record of providing comprehensive de-silting of lakes, ponds, streams and ditches. We use modern and often specialised mechanical plant to ensure the work is completed quickly and safely. Let’s be straight though. Sometimes, it can be hard to estimate the quantity of silt to be removed and on occasion, we may come up against rather more silt than expected. You can rest assured, however, that no matter how long it takes, we will not walk away from a job: the de-silting will be completed to your satisfaction whatever it takes.
De-silting is very specialised work and as such is generally undertaken by specialist contractors such as ourselves. It is often tempting to use any company with a digger who offers very cheap quotations but please be aware that there is a great deal of difference in general civil work and working in a lake or pond. There are many good contractors out there and we will be delighted to point you in their direction if we genuinely feel that we are unable to meet your expectations. However, there are also some rogues who claim to specialise in watercourse and lake de-silting. We are frequently called in to mop up the mess left behind by lesser firms so we are definitely doing something right.
De-silting is immensely challenging and messy. It is not something that many clients wish to see often. After all it can, in some cases take 2 – 3 years for the water to mature to the pre-silt-removal levels. We always try to find methods where the rate of future silt deposition can be significantly reduced and although it is likely that when a water needs to be de-silted once it will need it again, we strive to ensure that the periods between de-silting can be vastly extended.
If you feel that your water requires de-silting please contact us to arrange a site visit. We are often asked for an estimate over the phone and this is something we cannot do, due to the complexity of such work at least one visit is always required and on larger or more complicated jobs, several visits may be required.
A final consideration when de-silting lakes, ponds, ditches and other water courses is that under waste handling laws the owner/manager of the water shares equal liability with the contractor if waste is not handled and disposed of legally. This is a little known fact that has cost some water owners thousands of pounds in fines. Given the very few legal methods available to disposing of silt this is increasingly common as rogue contractors take advantage of people who have little understanding of waste handling legislation.
Some ponds may not need a full de-silt and often will benefit from a good clear out. Wildlife ponds in particular often become overgrown and in some cases virtually dry up completely. When ponds get in this condition the habitat is often reduced to an extent where the very wildlife that is desirable no longer has the required environment.
Pond cleaning can be an invaluable service and is often less destructive than a full de-silt but please be aware that we do not usually work on lined ponds: your local aquatic centre should be able to assist you with this.
There is often a waiting list for de-silting work and we are taking bookings for as far ahead as March 2015, so do please contact us with your requirements early to avoid disappointment.
To show our capabilities here are some previous projects completed by our consultants:
• De-silted two terraced lakes in Staffordshire installing silt traps to reduce further silt accumulations
• De-silted an Oxfordshire pond to the original stratum
• De-silted a Cambridgeshire pond to the original clay bed
• Provided the consultancy work and de-silting proposals for the de-silting of a 4-acre Northamptonshire lake
• Provided de-silting work for Parish Councils across the UK