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News article created on 21 December 2017

Tringford pump lifting

Principal water engineer, John Kearsey, tells us about Tringford pump being lifted for an overhaul and well-earned Christmas Break.

Looking down the Tringford Pumping Well

The water management team, together with the maintenance teams and our contractors, have lifted Tringford Pump for an overhaul and well-earned Christmas break.

This pump was installed in 1927 and has been used nearly every day since, supplying water to the Grand Union Canal as far as Berkhamstead, Aylesbury and north to Milton Keynes. The pump takes water from Wilstone Reservoir, lifting it 20m into the Tring Summit and is capable of filling a lock with water every 20 minutes.

It was last serviced 20 years ago and apart from some wear and tear is in good condition. Once it’s bearings have been replaced, the pump can be put back and will be good for many years to come.

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