Kent Highway Services has rolled out its latest weapon for the fight against flooding and dirty drains.
The ‘super sucker’ gives a deep clean by removing waste materials up to 30 metres down using high pressure water jets. It also operates faster than a conventional vehicle, and is quieter.
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Highways Keith Ferrin said: “Adding this vehicle to the KCC fleet is good news for residents. It can clean drains faster and in many places will reduce the risk of future flooding.
“The vehicle also enables us to plan our work more efficiently, releasing other vehicles in the fleet for scheduled work and small emergencies.”
KCC is going to spend an additional £15.9million on highways maintenance during the coming year, including drainage, road repairs, street lights and the winter service. In a new development, every county councillor is to have £25,000 to commission small highways projects in their area.
To report flooding or other faults on Kent’s roads, contact Kent Highway Services on 08457 247 800 or go online, www.kent.gov.uk/highways.