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Severn Trent to begin £11M Stroud pipeline project

Severn Trent will start an upgrade project on 10 September that will see 10 miles of new pipeline stretching from Whaddon to Minchinhampton reservoir.

The £11 million investment will deliver quality drinking water to around 55,000 people and help give better protection to thousands of homes from future leaks and bursts. 

Phase one will begin in Amberley and will run until mid-October, while a further two phases are earmarked for completion by the end of November as work to lay a new water main continues back towards the A46 Bath Road.

The final phase, starting early next year, will connect the new-look network between Amberley and the reservoir. 

Gareth Mead from Severn Trent said: “This is a major investment for our customers in and around Stroud as we work to make sure customers have the most resilient and reliable water supply possible.

”Severn Trent has kept local residents and business owners updated during recent months to ensure plans were clearly communicated. The company has also held community drop-in sessions to discuss the plans and presented at local parish council meetings.

He added: “We’ve spent a lot of valuable time talking and listening to the local community ahead of our work. It’s been crucial to get their input and feedback, as our customers are the local experts.

“Equally, it’s also been important to keep people updated and let them know about the temporary road closures and diversions which will be in place. Engineers from our contract partner Amey are aiming to complete the work as quickly and as safely as possible. We want to minimise disruption and would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience as we deliver Stroud’s biggest water pipeline upgrade for a generation.”

The Stroud scheme forms part of Severn Trent’s commitment to investing in its infrastructure which will see the equivalent of £1,300 invested for every home and business it serves between 2015 and 2020.

The vast majority of the Stroud work will take place across farmland, away from the public highway. Pedestrian access will remain throughout the works.

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Leaks & bursts , Pipes & Pipelines
Tags: Severn Trent Water , leaks , drinking water

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