Wessex Water has announced it will be spending more than £10m in Bridgwater next year to further improve water quality for customers in the town.
Operation Clean and Clear will involve relining and replacing water mains as well as flushing parts of the water supply system.
Although water quality in the Bridgwater and surrounding area already meets stringent water quality standards set by the Drinking Water Inspectorate, Wessex Water is looking to modernise the water supply network.
It said that because some of the water mains in the town were very old, some customers had occasionally received discoloured water, which although not harmful to health was not the high standard it strived to deliver.
Project manager for the scheme, Davin Eversett, said: “We will be spending more than £10m to make the necessary improvements to the water supply system that will ensure residents and businesses are provided with high quality water for years to come.
“The work will involve replacing or relining iron water mains that have caused some customers to be supplied with water that has low levels of discoloration.
“We will be using some of the latest innovative no-dig techniques to carry out the work which will help to minimise inconvenience to commuters, residents and businesses.”
Water quality in the Bridgwater and surrounding area is more than 99.9% compliant with standards set by the Drinking Water Inspectorate, which has supported Wessex Water’s investment programme for the town.
Around 80,000 water samples are taken a year to ensure these quality standards are continuously met.
Mr Eversett said: “We are committed to ensure our customers are provided with water of the highest standard. The work planned for Bridgwater will help us fulfil that commitment and also reduce the likelihood of supply interruptions caused by weaknesses in ageing water mains that could lead to bursts.”
Operation Clean and Clear is expected to start in January 2010 when work will begin to lay a new water main off Quantock Road on the outskirts of the town. The scheme is programmed to be completed by summer 2011.
Wessex Water is liasing with Bridgwater Town Council, the Chamber of Commerce and the council’s highways department as well as other stakeholders to plan how it will carry out the work.
Wessex Water is holding an exhibition in the Charter Room at Bridgwater Town Hall on Wednesday 2 December (2pm – 9pm) so people can find out more about the scheme.