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SEW pushes back water supply scheme by two years

South East Water (SEW) is delaying a major project to tackle future water supply and demand requirements in the Fleet, Basingstoke, Sandhurst, Yateley and Camberley areas for a further two years.

The scheme, part of SEW’s a wider £424M investment, was scheduled to start in April next year but has now been pushed back to April 2020. The water supply from Bray Keleher Water Treatment Works, near Bracknell, needs to be increased otherwise there could be a future shortfall in supply.

SEW project manager Ben McKellar said: “As part of our water resource management strategy South East Water’s planners forecast future water supply and demand requirements as this allows us to identify additional resources that we will need.

“A future shortfall in supply has been identified in the Fleet, Basingstoke, Sandhurst, Yateley and Camberley areas if we cannot increase the amount of water we are able to move around the network. The water supply for these areas is from our Bray Keleher Water Treatment Works north of Bracknell.”

McKellar continued: “Consequently we are currently planning a scheme to lay a new 4.5km, 40in diameter water main to reinforce our existing 36in diameter water main in Sandhurst, Yateley and Camberley to provide additional capacity and to protect our customers’ future water supply.”

He said that following feedback from attendees to drop-in sessions about the project earlier this year the decision has been made to delay the scheme for two years “to allow us more time to continue our studies of the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and gather further data”.

The project will take 18 months to complete.

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