Residents in Tilehurst are celebrating after Thames Water announced that they are going to spend over £1m on a sewer enlargement scheme.

The sewer scheme, which will see sewers in City Road, Hildens drive and Foxcombe drive all be replaced with larger diameter pipes, will stop sewage backing up in people’s homes and gardens after heavy rainfall.

The scheme has got the backing of local councillor for reading west Alok Sharma. Mr Sharma spoke to local residents about the problems at a drop-in session which took part in early April, he commented:

“Talking to local residents, I know that they recognise the importance of this work to improve the sewer network in Tilehurst. I am pleased that Thames Water is committed to making the sewer network fit for the future.”

The work commenced on the project in January and some diversions have already been put in place. The programme delivery manager from Thames Water Andy Popple said:

“We are hell-bent as a company on putting an end to the misery of sewer flooding. It is utterly vile and has no place in the 21st century.

“Work is progressing well on this project and we have already positive feedback from people whose properties flank the newly-laid sewer.

“We apologise for the continuing disruption and we ask customers to bear with us while we complete this essential work.”

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