The existing sewer in The Strand carries both household wastewater and rainwater – this means it is at risk of flooding during heavy rain which, in turn, can lead to water backing up in the pipes and flooding nearby properties.
To tackle the problem, contractor Clancy Docwra is installing larger sewer pipes and a new underground stormwater storage tank. The tank, which when completed will be 21-metres deep, can hold up to one million litres of water during heavy rain and release it back into the network for treatment after water levels have subsided.
Lee Hooper, Southern Water Project Manager, said:
“The improvements are progressing well and we have had fantastic support from the local community.
“All being well, we hope to have the project completed and brought online by the summer and thank everyone for their patience while the work continues.”
A short section of The Strand remains temporarily closed to through-traffic with access for residents and businesses and pedestrians being maintained.
Work began in November when contractors cleared the land, a memorial garden, and carefully dug down after it was suggested that there could be human remains buried there – none were found.