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Dye testing sewers in Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo

image depicting Dye testing sewers in Salcombe in 2015
Dye testing sewers in Salcombe in 2015
South West Water will be putting a harmless green fluorescent dye into sewers in Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo on Wednesday 29 March to help identify defects and plan improvements to the villages' sewerage systems.

The dye testing will take place during the night and early hours to fit in with tide times, subject to weather conditions.

Work will start at around 4.30am on Wednesday and cameras mounted on drones will be used from 8am to help survey the estuary and sewerage network.

South West Water's Steve Rosser said: "Although we frequently use dye to survey the sewerage network in this way, it is the first time we've used drones to help our teams on the ground. This is because many of the pipes in Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo are in the foreshore and difficult to access.

"During and after the testing you may see dye coming from manholes or in the stream and estuary. This will help us pinpoint any sections of pipe that need further investigation or repair.

"The dye will disperse naturally and is not harmful to the environment."

The Environment Agency, Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation have been briefed and are supportive of the testing. The Harbour Master, Parish Council and local businesses have also been informed.

Any members of the public who have any concerns should contact dyetesting@southwestwater.co.uk

Notes to editors

The drones will be supplied and operated by commercially licensed drone pilots from South West Water and Exeter University, and will observe all Civil Aviation Authority rules and regulations.

Published: 23 February 2017

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South West Water
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