Putting the Sparkle Back into the Barbican
South West Water will continue its drive to upgrade the region's water mains when it starts work in the historic Barbican area of Plymouth this month (January 2008).
The aim of the scheme is to improve the taste and quality of drinking water by replacing the existing water mains and services.
The scheme is part of a ten year programme 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 tens of thousands of homes across the region.
"We know engineering projects like this can cause some inconvenience but we and our partners will do all we can in partnership with the local authority and business community to keep disruption to the minimum."
Planning for works at the Barbican has been ongoing for two years, involving representatives from Plymouth City Council, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, Plymouth Highways and the Association of Barbican Businesses.
Work in Southside Street is scheduled to begin on 14 January and is expected to run for six weeks. Throughout the duration of the work, businesses will remain open as usual.