Thank you for a job well done
South West Water contractors have been thanked for a job well done by local residents after successfully safeguarding the water supplies to Chittlehamholt by renovating and upgrading the water mains network.
Thankyou for a job well done
Contractors from Balfour Beatty Utilities effectively upgraded 2.5 km of water mains in the village during April and put the sparkle back into the supplies of 70 households who previously experienced discoloured water.
This project was essential to improve water quality and prevent discolouration caused by old corroding cast iron mains. It also helped to prevent low pressure and upgrade the infrastructure for future use.
The project involves several renovation methods depending on the condition of the cast iron pipe. Corroded iron rust can be scraped out of the pipe before it is relined with a plastic coating or alternatively a section of pipe may be replaced with a modern plastic material.
South West Water has invested £100 thousand in Chittlehamholt and will spend a further £6 million in the South Molton area by the end of the year to refurbish about 160km of water mains.
This project is part of South West Water's major water mains investment programme which was started in 2000 to upgrade 15,000 kms of the region's pipelines by 2010. This year alone over 484 km of pipeline will be renovated throughout Devon and Cornwall.
"Having attended the briefing in the village hall at the start of the project I realised it was going to be a big job and involve quite a bit of disruption. This seems to have been managed exceptionally well as the roads weren't closed for as long as expected," said local resident, Heather Page. Amazingly we didn't get any dirty water throughout the whole exercise. Thank you for a job well done".
"I am delighted to hear that our contractors are being commended for their hard work," said Martin Corns, South West Water's East Area Rehabilitation Engineer. "Every effort was made to keep customers well informed and disruption to an absolute minimum during this essential work. The project will ensure a quality water supply is maintained from Bratton Fleming water treatment works into Chittlehamholt village."
For further information please contact Dina Chandler, Communications Officer on 01392 443021.
Published: 09 June 2004