South West Water puts the Sparkle Back into Villages on the River Avon
This summer South West Water is going to be travelling down the river Avon to replace a strategic water main that has been the cause of widespread discoloration throughout the South Hams and surrounding areas.
The 16 km of main - running from Avon Water Treatment Works to Stanborough Reservoir near Halwell - serves large areas across the South Hams and Dartmoor and is made up of 18 inch and 15 inch cast iron.
To eliminate the risk of disruptions to the thousands of customers, South West Water will be laying a completely new ductile iron pipe. This means that the original main can be kept in use until the new pipe becomes operational.
This £2 million pound scheme is due to start in the first week of June and will take until December to complete. Work will be concentrated in rural areas, with little direct impact on customers and road users.
The replacement will follow the course of the river Avon, until it reaches Lutton, where the pipe leaves the river and continues East of South Brent, passing Diptford and Moorleigh, before concluding at Stanborough Reservoir.
This important investment into water quality and distribution is part of the final stages in South West Water's massive £400 million region wide programme to renovate approximately 3,000 miles (5,000 km) of existing cast iron water mains across Devon and Cornwall.
This project alone will improve water quality and pressure in thousands of homes in the South Hams area and surrounding villages, including South Brent, Curtisknowle and Moorleigh.
South West Water is working in collaboration with Dartmoor National Park, the Highways Authority, Natural England and all riparian owners on this project, to ensure the work is carried out to a high standard and with minimum disruptions.
Published on: 31 May 2007