MTS at Black Rock

Our confined space entry crews recently returned to Southern Water’s site at Black Rock in Brighton, as part of a planned scheme of works to clean the wet well.

The wet well is 140 feet deep and requires experienced specialist teams to undertake cleaning and renovation work.

The highly skilled MTS confined space entry teams are all trained to City and Guilds standard. These crews undertake high risk and unpleasant work using umbilical cord breathing apparatus. The specialist breathing equipment has helped to eliminate many of the risks involved in confined space work. There is no need for heavy and bulky bottled breathing equipment and several operatives can use the umbilical breathing unit at one time. 

Our crews have the skills and equipment to clean any type, size or depth of wet well. With fully calibrated and certified equipment kept in pristine condition, we offer unrivalled expertise in entry work.

Safety is always our key priority and each confined space entry team is supported by a City and Guilds qualified high risk rescue team.
At Black Rock, MTS worked on behalf of CMDP, a joint venture between Costain and MWH (a global water and natural resources firm). CMDP is the Southern Water delivery partner for the Black Rock project. 

MTS has worked at Black Rock on numerous previous occasions as a contractor for Southern Water. This experience enabled us to plan and deliver the latest works with great efficiency, on time and on budget.

In addition to the confined space entry and high risk entry crews, MTS deployed a Disab industrial vacuum unit, two 4000 gallon tankers and a deep lifting super suction tanker. Two cranes completed the project equipment.

The Black Rock wet well project was completed in two weeks. Other confined space entry programmes are considerably longer, such as emptying and cleaning a redundant primary sludge digester at Thames Water's Hogsmill Sewage Treatment Works. This 18 week project was to prepare a redundant digester tank for demolition - the unit had been mothballed for 18 years and contained 3800 cubic metres of sludge, grit and rag.

Not all confined space work takes place in a utility industry setting. Our teams helped to considerably improve the quality of life for Ramsgate residents who had suffered bad odours from the sewers. Our teams cleared the blockages and cleaned the chambers to eradicate the problem.

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    With hub depots throughout the region, we operate a highly flexible scheduling system. We instruct our nearest available tracked field service for the quickest response.
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    Our fully qualified and experienced teams use high performance equipment to fix problems first time with no need for back up resources or second visits. We ensure the optimum solution for your needs.
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    Our waste management services are available for both individual jobs and more complex packaged solutions. We offer a one-stop shop whatever your requirements and we are continuing to expand our range of services through innovation and investment.
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    All management and staff receive full training and are qualified to demanding industry standards in their specialised disciplines. MTS invests in its people and, with low staff turnover, retains a considerable depth of experience to ensure Customers receive the best service. Email our team today at
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    MTS operates an integrated management system comprising the individual accreditations for ISO 9001 (Quality), 14001 (Environment) and 18001 (Health and Safety). Certified and regularly audited for compliance by BSI Customers are assured of rigorous processes and procedures supporting front line service delivery
  • Trusted service provider

    MTS is entrusted by major water companies across Southern and South East England to work safely to the highest performance standards under stringent environmental and financial control. Rail, airport and highway agencies similarly demand safe and secure services from MTS for the maintenance of critical infrastructure with minimum risk to the travelling public


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