Work on a £7.8m sewer upgrade in Leamington Spa is expected to start next week.

The works, which are expected to commence on the 18th of October, will include the installation of a brand new sewer in Victoria Park and the renewal of around two kilometres of sewer pipe across the town.

Due to a surge in population in the city, the town’s Victorian sewers are struggling to cope with the increased demands put on them.

The works will reduce flood risk in an area of the town and improve the quality of the water in the River Leam.

The senior operations manager of Severn Trent Water stated:

“This is a great scheme for Leamington, bringing its sewerage system into the 21st century,

“It is a big project so we have worked very closely with community representatives, business leaders, the Environment Agency, Warwickshire County Council Highways Department and other utilities to make sure that we minimise the impact on the community during these works.

“When completed, the project will not only reduce the risk of sewer flooding in the town but also improve the water quality of the River Leam.”

A public exhibition of the works will be held in the town in early 2011 and the works are expected to be completed sometime in April 2012.

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