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Top water quality for Bridgwater

Posted on 15th December, 2011 in News

Wessex Water’s major work to improve water quality for residents and businesses in Bridgwater is drawing to a close with properties now receiving an improved supply.

The company has invested more than £10 million to modernise ageing water mains in the town – some of which dated back to the late 1800s.

Work, which got underway in January 2010, involved relining, replacing and cleaning around 32km of water mains to improve water quality for around 45,000 people.

Operation Clean and Clear was one of Wessex Water’s largest water supply improvement schemes to take place in recent years.

It involved work along every major route into Bridgwater and in the town centre.

Project manager Davin Eversett said working closely with the council’s highways department to carefully plan the scheme proved extremely important.

“Our aim was to carry out as much work as possible at any one given time so we could complete the work as quickly as possible while still allowing people to go about their day to day activity,” he said.

Wessex Water wrote more than 25,000 letters to update residents and businesses on both upcoming work and ongoing progression. Additionally, around 50,000 letters were sent to advise of any disruption to water supplies. Two public exhibitions were held so local people could find out more about the work.

Mr Eversett said: “We appreciate the understanding and patience of local people and businesses while work was carried out in the town.

“We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and support which helped to ensure the essential work was completed quickly and without any major problems.”

*Fact file*

  • •200 trial holes dug to assess ground conditions and locate other utilities
  • •600 excavations to reline mains
  • •2,000 metres of trunk mains replaced
  • •4,000 metres of water mains cleaned with ice
  • •8,000 metres trunk mains relined
  • •285,000 metres of water mains flushed
  • •85,000 customer letters sent
  • •7,000 bottles of water handed out.

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