Detectronic buoyed by Severn Trent

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A Sheffield company is helping to keep hundreds of special nature sites safe from flooding after winning a major contract with Severn Trent Water.

Detectronic is installing ultrasonic equipment that raises the alarm if flood water or sewage threaten sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). Data is transmitted to headquarters for analysis before instructions are sent to Severn Trent’s maintenance teams.

The £2m turnover company is growing 35 per cent year-on-year. It employs 24 people in offices in Sheffield and Colne, Lancashire.

Dave Walker, commercial director, said: “These sites are under constant pressure from development, pollution and climate change so their preservation and protection is vital.

“Organisations like Severn Trent have a strict duty of care to protect, manage and maintain them.”