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Improvements in the pipeline for Torrington

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A £197,000 scheme to improve Torrington's sewer network is starting this month.

South West Water and its H5O partners are refurbishing 355 metres of sewer to improve the service to residents and businesses.

The scheme is part of a five-year £42 million investment in the sewer network across the region to renovate sewers identified as being at risk of collapse and to alleviate potential flooding problems.

Work starts in Torrington on Monday 21 January 2013 and will take around eight weeks to complete.

Project manager Stephen Cross said: "This is a real investment in Torrington's future. Without this necessary work the sewer network will continue to deteriorate. That can lead to collapses - which cause pollution, flooding and odour.

"We will be working hard to minimise disruption to the public and businesses as far as possible while completing these essential improvements."

It was hoped to carry out the bulk of the work using innovative 'no-dig' techniques. However, the condition of the sewers has deteriorated to such an extent that some of the sewers now need to be completely replaced. This will involve digging down to the pipes.

All emergency services and other service providers have been informed.

Notes to editors

The following roads will be closed and diversion routes in place:

  • Well Street - between Monday 21 January and Wednesday 20 February 2013. Well Street will be fully reinstated following recent resurfacing work
  • Potacre Street - between Monday 18 February and Friday 1 March (after works on Well Street are complete)
  • Castle Street - between Friday 1 March and Friday 8 March 2013.

Other works will be undertaken with traffic lights or local traffic management. Access to the town's car parks will be maintained

In 2014 South West Water will submit its business plan for the years ahead to the UK water industry regulator Ofwat. We are inviting customers to find out more and tell us what they think our priorities should be at www.southwestwater.co.uk/waterfuture.

Published: 4 January 2013

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