The South West town of Barnstable is getting a new sewer system this autumn as South West Water is investing £135,000 replacing 402 metres of sewer pipe.

The sewer replacement scheme is just one part of a £42m investment in the area by the water company. The sewer’s due to be replaced or lined have already been assessed as the most likely to cause problems in the near future.

Work commenced on the 12th of September and is due to be completed mid way through October. The sewers will either be relined or replaced, depending on their condition.

Most of the work on the sewers has been planned to take place at night to avoid problems in the town.
Stephen Cross, the project manager, stated:

“This is a real investment in Barnstaple. 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 works – including working overnight in the town centre.
In total South West Water maintain over 9,200km of sewer pipes in the region and operate over 630 sewage treatment works.”

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