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Underground pipe roadshow begins
2:10pm Tuesday 30th October 2012 in News
RESIDENTS have been given their first chance to find out more about plans for an 11-mile underground pipeline in Hampshire.
Southern Water wants to construct a pipe linking its Testwood Water Supply Works in Totton to its sister site in Otterbourne.
The first of a series of public exhibitions on the £50m scheme was held in Romsey yesterday.
Southern Water’s plans are designed to mitigate restrictions on the amount of water it can take from the River Itchen at certain times of year by abstracting more from the River Test and transporting it to Otterbourne.
The pipeline would cross two rivers, the M27, a railway line and the M3.
Around 30 people attended in the first four hours of the exhibition.
Ron Basford, 70, from Whitenap, said he hoped the scheme would help in a water shortage.
Rebecca Caruthers, of Romsey, said the scheme would go across the back of her garden, but she could live with a few weeks’ disruption.
Damon Elliott, scheme project manager, said the public response had largely been positive and they had gone to great lengths to ensure minimum disruption during construction.
The next exhibition is at Ampfield Village Hall on Friday from 1pm to 8pm, then Otterbourne Village Hall on Saturday, 9am to 1pm, and Totton Football Club, on Nov-ember 7, from 1pm to 8pm.