Putting the Sparkle Back into St Ives
South West Water will be continuing its drive to upgrade the region's water mains when its starts a major scheme in the New Year for St Ives.
The aim of the scheme is to improve the taste and quality of drinking water as well as boost water pressure by relining existing water mains . A small number of very badly encrusted or corroded pipes may need complete replacement.
Work has been timed to start in 'The Island' district of St Ives after the New Year break to avoid the Christmas shopping period. The scheme is part of a ten year programme sanctioned by the Drinking Water Inspectorate to renovate over 2,000 miles (3,231 kilometres) of cast iron water mains around the region.
South West Water's Director of Engineering Graham Murphy said: "We began this massive programme of improvement works back in 2000 and have already put the sparkle back into the water for ten of thousands of homes across the region.
"We know engineering projects like this can cause some inconvenience but the work in St Ives is essential and a real investment in the town's infrastructure. We and our partners will do all we can in partnership with the local authority and business community to keep disruption to the minimum."
The first phase of the St Ives scheme will start on January 2 and finish on March 14 before the Easter Holidays.
South West Water and its contractor May Gurney are now consulting with the local community and have organised a 'Meet the Team event' on Thursday December 13 at The Guildhall in St Ives between 4 and 8pm.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1) During work, water supply to properties will be disrupted for short periods and notification will be given to each property accordingly. Essential water users (cafes, hairdressers etc) will be offered a temporary alternative supply where ever possible
2) The majority of pipes are under roads so some traffic control measures and parking restrictions may need to be applied. Details of these will be made available nearer the time. SWW and May Gurney will be working with the highways authority to minimise inconvenience.