Truro has a history of flooding going back over 100 years.
Homes, shops and businesses in the town centre have regularly had to deal with the distress of polluted stormwater entering their properties caused by surface water overwhelming the sewerage system.
In 2013, we began a major £3.5million upgrade to Truro's sewers. The improvements were needed because the sewerage network in parts of the city was no longer able to cope with the demands placed on it.
But we cannot pour concrete and build ever bigger storm storage tanks indefinitely. Truro is growing, the climate is changing, and more and more green space is being concreted over.
Working with the community and local councils, we would like to put in place a sustainable drainage project to remove surface water from the sewerage system.
Sustainable drainage is increasingly used in towns and cities throughout the UK. It works with nature to hold back and disperse stormwater to reduce the impact it has further downstream.
The principles behind sustainable drainage schemes are:
Nature can help us - stormwater can be useful!
At the moment it goes down the drain, often causing flooding, and is pumped away from the town centre to the sewage treatment works where it is treated - all of which costs money.
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Can I build over a water main?
No, you are not permitted to build within 3 metres of a public water main as we must have unrestricted access to repair, maintain or renew our main when required. There are further details of an alternative process (water main diversion) within our Guidance notes.
If I sell my house after installing a meter, will the new occupier have to pay metered charges?
Yes any new occupier will pay metered charges, even if you’ve reverted to unmetered charges within 24 months of having the meter installed.
How do I read my meter?
Your meter will look similar to the meters in the pictures below; How to read your meter If you have an outside meter, lift the chamber lid using a screwdriver or similar tool. You may need to use a tool to scoop out any soil or rain water that has built up...
Why do I have high pressure?
If you’ve noticed intermittent high pressureThere may be planned maintenance work in your area that’s causing a sudden surge of pressure or flow. Sometimes air can get trapped in your pipes, causing the increase in pressure which can be resolved by running your taps for...
Are there any hosepipe bans this year?
No. The last water restriction in our region was in 1996. More information is available on our water resources.
Can I swim in your reservoirs?
No, swimming isn’t allowed in any of our reservoirs. There are however many recreational activities including wakeboarding, sailing and windsurfing available through South West Lakes Trust.
How do I order a water butt?
You can order a water butt from the specialist savewatersavemoney. By installing a water butt directly to your gutter downpipe, you will collect rainwater from the roof and can then use it for watering plants, topping up a pond or washing your car. On average every year...
How much water does an average person use?
The national average annual usage figures have been taken from The Consumer Council for Water and are listed below: Annual water use in Cubic Metres CM3 Number of people living in your home Low use Average use High...
How can I save water?
By taking simple steps like spending one minute less in the shower or turning the tap off while you brush your teeth, can set you on track to start saving water. To help you save water around the home, we’ve teamed up with savewatersavemoney to offer a FREE water-saving...
How can I dispose of fat, oil or grease?
The best way to get rid of fat or food without pouring it down the sink is to dry wipe plates and pans before washing them and dispose of it in the bin. Leftover cooking fat should be emptied into a container (such as a fat trap) for it to cool and solidify and then...
What causes sewer flooding?
Sewer flooding can be caused by: Blocked pipes Extreme weather causing prolonged rainfall Insufficient land drainage Surcharges from private sewers or drains You can find out more information here about the causes of sewer flooding.
How can I stop sewer flooding?
You can help to stop our sewers from blocking and flooding by following our guide below: Only flush the 3 P’s pee, paper and poo Bag and bin baby wipes, cotton buds, sanitary products, nappies and similar materials Do not pour grease or cooking fat down the sink – the...