The pumping plan has been developed by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC), Hampshire Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency and Hampshire County Council, as the first phase of a scheme that could reduce flood water in Buckskin.
Work began last week to trial pumping the ground water from around the West Ham electricity substation on Worting Road.
The fire service’s high volume pump will drain flood water from around the substation, taking it along over one kilometre of hose to the River Loddon.
One of the pumps can move 7,000 litres of water per minute, and such machines have been deployed around the country to help relieve flood-hit areas.
The Environment Agency has given the go-ahead to the scheme after looking at the existing water flows in the river.
Water levels will be continuously monitored during the trial to ensure that pumping can be stopped if there is any risk of the river overtopping its banks.
If this trial is successful, it is possible a similar approach can be used to try to remove the water from the flooded areas of Buckskin, where 80 houses had to be evacuated.
However, it would be more complicated as it would be necessary to filter the water and set up a series of pipes and high volume pumps.
Experts have predicted that given the high level of the water table in the area, doing nothing could mean that water levels might not go down until around April.
The council’s chief executive Tony Curtis said: “We have committed to doing everything we can to help people in Buckskin who are living in appalling conditions or have been forced to leave their houses and live in temporary accommodation.
“The water will not go down by itself as the water table is so high and the ground is saturated.
“Tankering the water away is only having a limited benefit. We hope that the trial will be successful so that we can look at how it could be used to help give the residents more hope of the water levels going down in the near future.”
Council leader Cllr Clive Sanders said he has “every admiration for the resilience and fortitude of the people of Buckskin”.