Villagers Praise Works As Helford Gets Connected
South West Water is putting the finishing touches to a £1.3 million project to clean up a creek in the heart of Du Maurier country.
Seven crude sewage outfalls have been closed and 38 properties connected to new sewers as part of the project. Sewage will now be pumped to a site works for treatment before going into the watercourse.
The work has been carried out for South West Water by its partner May Gurney.
Helford residents are so pleased with the project, they are throwing a party to thank South West Water and May Gurney who have been on site since last November.
Robert Prentice, Programme Leader, South West Water, said: "This project will bring the sewerage system in this part of Helford into the 21st century as well as improving water quality in the creek.
"Helford has been a particularly challenging location for the team to work in because of the narrow roads and limited access, but the sewers are laid and the pumping stations will be ready for action when the sewage treatment works is turned on at the end of the month."
Richard Dean, Chief Operating Officer at May Gurney, said: "It was important to keep residents informed of the work at every stage and talk to them about their requirements and any concerns. There was a real sense of good will and cooperation between the May Gurney workers and the people of the village."
Neil Carlier of the Helford Village Society said the team had "gone out of their way" to be considerate of residents while work was carried out.
He said: "The representatives from May Gurney have been so polite and helpful during the project and have made what could have been a very difficult time for the villagers much easier to bear. From stopping work to let walkers go past to carrying delivered furniture along a closed road to a house, the team's attitude and consideration has been wonderful."- ENDS -
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Notes for editors
The party will be held at The Ship Wrights pub on Friday 29th June from 2pm onwards.
The scheme has involved laying 645 metres of gravity sewers, 230 metres of pumping main and constructing two pumping stations and a sewage treatment works.
The treatment works will provide secondary level or biological treatment, which will remove bacteria in the effluent before it enters the creek.
Work started on the sewers in November 2006 and was completed in March 2007. The sewage treatment works will be finished for the end of June 2007.
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Published: 26 June 2007