Welsh Water goes underground for Swansea flood risk project
Work on Dwr Cymru Welsh Water's £1.3M project to reduce the risk of flooding within the St Helen's area of Swansea has reached a key milestone with the arrival of the tunnel boring machine that will create a new 600mm tunnel under Oystermouth Road to house the new sewer pipe.
The investment project will bring long-term benefits by increasing capacity on the wastewater network. This in turn will improve its performance, particularly during wet weather, and help reduce the risk of potential bursts, flooding and pollution.
Work on the essential scheme is taking place on Francis Street, Guildhall Road North, Oystermouth Road and a section of works will be completed on the beach. This will involve replacing the sewer pipes and improving and constructing manholes. Work began at the end of July 2015 and will be completed by the end of January 2016.
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s capital delivery manager, Lee O’Brien, said: “We are committed to delivering a first class wastewater network to our customers and our investment here reflects this. The arrival of the tunnelling machine on site demonstrates the measures we implement to minimise the disruption of work such as this to customers. The tunnelling machine will be busy working away underground but customers will be none the wiser of the work taken place under their feet.
“We have worked closely with Swansea City Council in planning the work to ensure it does not impact on major events planned for the city over the coming months which includes the fireworks display and Christmas activities.”
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