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Sewer project is ongoing
8:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
SOUTHERN Water has updated local residents on the £700,000 project to survey and seal sewers in St Mary Bourne, Stoke, Hurstbourne Tarrant and Ibthorpe.
The major investment is tackling the problems caused by high levels of groundwater flooding the sewers which occurred following the wettest year since records began.
So far, 119 manholes have been checked, 30 have been identified for repair and 11km of sewers have been surveyed.
Southern Water project manager Martin Banks said: “We are committed not only to sealing our sewers but also, at our expense, to repairing major leaks on customers’ drains to protect the overall integrity of the sewer system serving the entire area.
“Where remedial work is required on private lateral drains, customers affected will be notified individually so that we can access their gardens to carry out this work.
“Repairs will include relaying a short length of sewer in Church Street, St Mary Bourne, which, due to ground movement, now has a ‘bellied’ profile which can cause blockages.
“Excavations to conduct this necessary work will result in a road closure, but advance notice will be provided.
“Meanwhile, rest assured that Southern Water has a firm plan in place to bring long-term relief to the communities affected and I will continue to keep people informed of progress made.”
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