Exeter's water network to receive £21 million boost
South West Water is to begin a massive £21 million scheme to improve Exeter's water mains network next month.
The aim of the scheme is to 'Put the Sparkle Back' into the water supplies of 60,000 homes, improve the taste and quality of drinking water as well as boost water pressure throughout the city.
South West Water's Chief Executive Chris Loughlin said "It's a very exciting challenge, which comes at a time when the whole of Exeter is in the process of massive multi million pound investment. The work that South West Water will be undertaking to put the sparkle back into Exeter's water supply, should perfectly compliment the city's regeneration."
"Renewing and replacing 295km of the existing cast iron water mains will bring Exeter's water supply up to 21st century standards and increase the life of the existing water mains for another generation. It will also mean that a city built on its water ways, will be able to boast some of the best water quality in the world."
South West Water's Head of Asset Management & Development Graham Murphy added, "The work that is about to begin in Exeter, marks the final phase of a ten year programme to renovate over 2,000 miles (3,231km) of cast iron water mains throughout the region.
"We began this massive project in 2000 and have already put the sparkle back into hundreds of thousands of homes throughout Devon and Cornwall."
An engineering project of this scale will entail some disruption to customers' water supplies and may also have impact on the city's road network but South West Water is confident that by working closely with local authorities and our customers, inconvenience will be kept to a minimum.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Work within Exeter's boundaries begins in the first week of April 2007 and is scheduled for completion by August 2008.
We will be relining water mains in the following areas:
• Dunsford Hill
• Clyst Honiton
• Clyst St Mary
No work will take place in the city centre.
The water mains need renewing because many of the cast iron water mains in Exeter are over 100 years old and internal corrosion has built up inside the pipes causing discolouration, increased iron content in the water and in some cases discolouration.
The work taking place is purely to improve the aesthetic quality of water and not to protect public health. There is absolutely no risk to public health from any of our drinking water.
There are several different methods of renovating and replacing old corroded pipes and the process used depends upon the size and condition of the old pipes and the area in which the pipes are sited. In the majority of cases we will use the process of cleaning old cast iron mains and lining them with a resin based material to prevent further corrosion. Other methods include the insertion of a new pipe within an existing poor condition pipe or simply a straight replacement of very badly encrusted or corroded pipes.
Water supply to properties will be disrupted for short periods and notification will be given to each property accordingly. Essential water users (cafes, hairdressers, restaurants) will be offered a temporary main water supply wherever possible.
Regrettably as the majority of our pipes are under highways, there will be some road closures and traffic control measures put into operation and details of these will be made nearer the time. We will be liaising closely with the highways authority to keep inconvenience to a minimum.
Published on: 21 March 2007