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Islanders will have the chance to learn more about how Jersey prevents coastal flooding when a surface water pumping station opens to the public next week.

Baudrette Brook Pumping Station, by Dicq Slipway, will be open to the public on Monday, 17 June between 5pm and 7pm.

The station’s two ten-metre-long Archimedes screws have just been replaced after 50 years and, before the roof is returned, islanders have the chance to find out about how the station works.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Kevin Lewis, said: “Few people will realise how large and complex our coastal defence is, and this is a great opportunity to find out about a part of the island that we all rely on, but are mostly unaware of.

“Much of the work that Infrastructure does is invisible to the public, and people are only aware of it when things go wrong. This open evening is a perfect chance for islanders– particularly young people who are considering engineering as a career – to see just how exciting our local infrastructure can be.”

Engineering students are being given the chance to see the site earlier in the day, and engineers from contractors Geomarine, who are conducting the work on behalf of Government, will be there to explain how the station works.

The replacement of the two Archimedes screws is due to be completed within the next few weeks, and is expected to be within the tendered figure of £713,000.

The drop-in is free, and islanders do not need to book in advance.

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