get underway at Burnham's Marine Cove after pond fish die
work is underway at Burnham-On-Sea's recently-opened Marine Cove
gardens after several fish died in its pond.
District Council, which manages the seafront gardens, has this
week called in a specialist firm to investigate problems with
the water levels after several visitors reported seeing fish floating
in the pond, pictured above.
faulty water pump has been identified as the source of the problems
and a temporary fix has been put in place to try and avoid further
Cook, parks officer at Sedgemoor District Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Kingcombe Aquacare, the Councils water care specialist,
visited the site this week and identified a problem."
non-return valves in the recirculation pump line are being retained
open by a very small amount of gunge. The return for this pipe
is under water in the lower pond so when the pump switches off
- due to frost stat/timer/power cut - water has the ability to
run back into the balance tank and down the overflow."
has therefore consulted with the supplier of the pump who has
recommended that a swan neck type fitting be fixed to the sub
surface pond inlet on the lower pond. This will return water above
water level, leaving an air gap and removing the potential for
back-siphoning. This should solve the issue with the non-return
valves for good."
the meantime, the electrical engineer has made some alterations
to the control as a temporary measure."
Cove's gardens officially re-opened in December after a £360,000
four-year project to refurbish the gardens.
refurbishment project was part-funded with £344,200 from
the Heritage Lottery Fund plus grants from Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council, Viridor and Sedgemoor District Council.
The Friends of Marine Cove has repeated its appeal for unused
and unwanted gardening tools to be handed in for use at the gardens.
The tools can be handed in during Thursday (19th January) between
9am and 10.30am.
Top, the Marine Cove pond's low water level seen earlier this