Southern Water pumping cash into overhaul of pipe network

Water firm pumping cash into overhaul

Water firm pumping cash into overhaul

First published in Environment Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

SOUTHERN Water is about to begin its latest stage of a major overhaul of Hampshire’s creaking water and waste network.

The water company is now pumping £414m into revamping its infrastructure to make sure it does not fall foul of strict rules imposed by its regulator and EU drinking water quality rules.

Richard Price, head of capital delivery, said: “Work is ongoing to replace ageing water mains, lay new sewers and refurbish treatment works.

“The projects will bring major environmental and service improvements, the benefits of which will last long into the future.

“By ensuring investment in our communities we are able to support thousands of jobs, while delivering improved services and a wide range of environmental improvements, such as cleaner seas and rivers.”

The firm is currently in year three of a five-year £1.8 billion investment programme which is the equivalent of spending almost £1,000 for every property in the south-east.

In the end of last year it began its £25m upgrade of Millbrook Wastewater Treatment Works, in Western Docks, Southampton .

The scheme, which will improve the quality of treated wastewater leaving the site, started in late 2011 and is due for completion in 2014.

In the latest round, some eight miles of sewers across the county are set for repairs, and treatment works in Lymington , Pennington, Fareham and the Isle of Wight will be modernised.

Work is also due to continue in the battle against leaking pipes.

The replacement of about 6km of water mains will reduce the risk of bursts and leaks.

Mr Price said: “Leakage continues to be a priority for the company and we’re committed to driving levels down even further this year.”

Leak busting is viewed as crucial if future water supplies can be maintained without rationing measures amid a booming population and a string of dry winters.

Pay as you go water meters are being installed throughout southern Hampshire to stem household wastage.

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12:31pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Bose99 says...

Pay as you go water meters are being installed.........no
w you know who is going to pay for these upgrades.
Pay as you go water meters are being installed.........no w you know who is going to pay for these upgrades. Bose99
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12:58pm Tue 17 Jul 12

For pity sake says...

Oh good - brace yourselves for more roadworks...
Oh good - brace yourselves for more roadworks... For pity sake
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3:54pm Tue 17 Jul 12

J.P.M says...

I hope they use a SUPER-PUMP, to wash away all the bu!! that Georgem produces
I hope they use a SUPER-PUMP, to wash away all the bu!! that Georgem produces J.P.M
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5:14pm Tue 17 Jul 12

geoff51 says...

About time that they spent some money on the infrastructure, they have been making money on the Victorian equipment for many years whilst charging us for a crap service.
I hope the EU water standards mean that they cant add poisonous flouride to our drinking water
About time that they spent some money on the infrastructure, they have been making money on the Victorian equipment for many years whilst charging us for a crap service. I hope the EU water standards mean that they cant add poisonous flouride to our drinking water geoff51
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5:42pm Tue 17 Jul 12

J.P.M says...

geoff51 wrote:
About time that they spent some money on the infrastructure, they have been making money on the Victorian equipment for many years whilst charging us for a crap service.
I hope the EU water standards mean that they cant add poisonous flouride to our drinking water
Is that how you lost your teeth? - I thought it was the sherbert and lollies
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: About time that they spent some money on the infrastructure, they have been making money on the Victorian equipment for many years whilst charging us for a crap service. I hope the EU water standards mean that they cant add poisonous flouride to our drinking water[/p][/quote]Is that how you lost your teeth? - I thought it was the sherbert and lollies J.P.M
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6:24pm Tue 17 Jul 12

IronLady2010 says...

This is very much needed, hopefully they will work with the local Council and rather than just patch up a pavement or road, repair the whole thing.

It is getting really ugly seeing all these patched up roads and pavements in 50 shades of grey.
This is very much needed, hopefully they will work with the local Council and rather than just patch up a pavement or road, repair the whole thing. It is getting really ugly seeing all these patched up roads and pavements in 50 shades of grey. IronLady2010
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7:45pm Tue 17 Jul 12

geoff51 says...

J.P.M wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
About time that they spent some money on the infrastructure, they have been making money on the Victorian equipment for many years whilst charging us for a crap service.
I hope the EU water standards mean that they cant add poisonous flouride to our drinking water
Is that how you lost your teeth? - I thought it was the sherbert and lollies
If you want poison in your teeth, but flouride toothpaste. I for one dont want mass medication against my will.
I still have most of my own teeth
[quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: About time that they spent some money on the infrastructure, they have been making money on the Victorian equipment for many years whilst charging us for a crap service. I hope the EU water standards mean that they cant add poisonous flouride to our drinking water[/p][/quote]Is that how you lost your teeth? - I thought it was the sherbert and lollies[/p][/quote]If you want poison in your teeth, but flouride toothpaste. I for one dont want mass medication against my will. I still have most of my own teeth geoff51
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11:55pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Inform Al says...

geoff51 wrote:
J.P.M wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
About time that they spent some money on the infrastructure, they have been making money on the Victorian equipment for many years whilst charging us for a crap service.
I hope the EU water standards mean that they cant add poisonous flouride to our drinking water
Is that how you lost your teeth? - I thought it was the sherbert and lollies
If you want poison in your teeth, but flouride toothpaste. I for one dont want mass medication against my will.
I still have most of my own teeth
I have evidence that fluoride in drinking water, and unfortunately beer brewed in the midlands, adversly affects my health and will be looking for the SHA and Southern Water to finance the move to Kent that poisoning of our water supplies will inevitably force on me.
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: About time that they spent some money on the infrastructure, they have been making money on the Victorian equipment for many years whilst charging us for a crap service. I hope the EU water standards mean that they cant add poisonous flouride to our drinking water[/p][/quote]Is that how you lost your teeth? - I thought it was the sherbert and lollies[/p][/quote]If you want poison in your teeth, but flouride toothpaste. I for one dont want mass medication against my will. I still have most of my own teeth[/p][/quote]I have evidence that fluoride in drinking water, and unfortunately beer brewed in the midlands, adversly affects my health and will be looking for the SHA and Southern Water to finance the move to Kent that poisoning of our water supplies will inevitably force on me. Inform Al
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