Water mains renovated in efficient and courteous manner
Morchard Bishop Parish Council has thanked South West Water for the efficient and courteous manner in which the recent water mains renovation work was carried out in the village.
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South West Water has invested £1 million over the last year to maintain and upgrade over 34km of water mains in Morchard Bishop and surrounding rural areas.
This work is essential to improve the clarity of water transferred from Prewley water treatment works through the trunk mains to homes in Morchard Bishop, Coleridge, Nymet Rowland, Eastleigh, Westleigh, Lapford, Zeal Monachorum, Oldborough and Middlecott.
Over 2,000 residents will benefit from this work which will safeguard water quality and prevent discolouration and low pressure while upgrading the network to meet future demand.
The cast iron mains corrode after many years in service and rust can cause discolouration. Various techniques are used to either reline the pipe with a plastic coating to prevent discolouration or replace sections of pipe depending on the condition. The upgraded pipelines should remain effective for at least 35 years.
This project which is due for completion in mid May is part of a ten year programme to revolutionise the region's water distribution system by upgrading over 4,900 km of water mains in Devon and Cornwall by 2009.
"Councillors have asked me to thank you for the efficient and courteous manner in which the recent work was carried out," said Bob Davies, Morchard Bishop Parish Clerk. "I am grateful for you keeping me and villagers informed about progress. Please pass on our thanks to the 'lads on the shovels'".
"This work is absolutely essential, hugely beneficial for residents but some disruption is unavoidable when working on village roads," said Martin Corns, South West Water's Rehabilitation Area Manager. "I am delighted that our contractors Balfour Beatty Utilities have received the praise they deserve for their hard work and the efforts made to keep villagers informed".
For further information please contact Dina Chandler, Communications Officer on 01392 443021.
Published: 27 April 2004