Work to improve security of supply gets underway
Residents of Cornwall can look forward to improved security of water supplies after a project to build a strategic mains supply pipe got underway last month.
The pipe, which will cost nearly £6 million to build, will stretch for 16km from Fox Park reservoir to Indian Queens and run parallel to the existing water main. It is due to be completed by December 2008.
Work was due to get underway at the start of the year but was held up when an ecological study of the area showed that sections of the pipeline route were a key habitat for dormice.
Project manager Nol Vincent said: "The scheme was delayed following the introduction of the new dormouse regulations that came into force in August 2007.
"Dormice are categorised as 'lower risk/near threatened' in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red Data Book, which means they are rare but not yet scarce.
"Working closely with a local mammalogist to minimise the impact our scheme had on the local environment and to comply with the legislation, pipe laying activity was delayed from early February until 1 May. No dormice were found to be present during these activities."
South West Water's Director of Engineering, Graham Murphy, said: "This second pipe means that we are able to add a degree of flexibility in the way we provide water to a large area of Cornwall.
"At times of high demand we can operate both pipes but we will also able to switch between the two and carry out maintenance work without interrupting supply.
"The section of pipe that passes underneath the new A30 was laid before the road was built, which means we can work on this project without disrupting the flow of traffic through road works."
Published on: 17 June 2008
Notes to editors
The existing 1000mm diameter main serves Penzance, Newquay, St Austell, Truro, Padstow, St Agnes, Perranporth, St Ives and parts of Redruth.
The new main will be 600mm in diameter and will last for up to 50 years
Work is a partnership between Hyder Consulting, who designed the scheme, Dean and Dyball, who will carry out the engineering work and South West Water.