11th September 2017

Upgrading the sewerage network in Dartmouth

South West Water is investing £757,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in Dartmouth.

Improvements include replacing the four pumps at Mayor’s Avenue Sewage Pumping Station and cleaning out some of the adjacent sewers.

Access to the permit holders’ car park on Mayor’s Avenue will be restricted during the work, which is due to start on Monday 18 September and finish by the end of October. Permit holders will be allocated spaces in the pay and display car park next door.  

This follows survey and investigation work at the pumping station in February.  

Project Manager Simon Long explained: “The pumping station at Mayor’s Avenue pumps around 115 litres of sewage per second to Dartmouth Sewage Treatment Works.  

“We’re replacing all four pumps with more powerful ones, which will mean longer periods between servicing and therefore less disruption to the local community. The pumps will be replaced one at a time so the station can operate as normal.  

“However, the covers over the pumping station are in the car park and a large crane will be needed to lift the pumps out, which is why parking and access has to be restricted.   “We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause and will be working hard to complete the work as soon as possible.”  

A Spokesperson for South Hams District Council, added: “This is good news for Dartmouth in the long term as works are set to improve the sewage network in the town, nevertheless, we would like to thank residents and permit holders in advance for their patience since works to the pumps will have an impact on Mayor’s Avenue car park for about six weeks.

“We have been working very closely with South West Water and are pleased that works are to start now and did not take place over the summer holidays – when Dartmouth is particularly busy with the Regatta. With works set to be completed at the end of October, the car park can get back to normal as soon as possible.”


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South West Water
Published: 11 September 2017