SWW contractors have slipped in a vital mains pipes scheme with minimum disruption to locals.
Contractors working for South West Water have nearly completed a job to modernise a 90-year-old water main in North Devon with the minimum possible inconvenience to local people.
T J Brent are currently carrying out around £80,000 worth of work on mains in the area for SWW - including a 1,200 metre section of main from Pilton to Mermaid Cross.
Workers have been able to insert a brand new polyethylene water main inside the existing 12 inch diameter cast iron main using hydraulic machinery. This obviated the need to dig up the entire section of main, laid in around 1912. The final section of main is now being put in place along the main Pilton Causeway.
SWW Rehabilitation Engineer Martin Corns said of the two-month scheme: "The use of the 'slip-lining' technique in this location means that quite major work has been undertaken without affecting traffic flows on a busy road - which is obviously good news for local people. The other good news is that the work will help avoid problems with discoloured water that have been caused by the old mains water pipes."
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Published: April 2001