Improvements in the pipeline for Torrington

Posted: Wednesday 6th February 2013

A £197,000 scheme to improve Torrington's sewer network has started.

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.

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