How Severn Trent’s £10m sewer project will affect - and benefit - you
BUSINESS owners and residents in south Leamington found out how they will be affected by a major project to upgrade the sewers at a public exhibition.
Engineers and workers from Severn Trent and NMC Nomenca, which are part-way through carrying out a £10 million scheme in Old Town, were at hand to speak to people about the work at the events at the Court Street Arches last Friday and Saturday.
The work – which began in November and is scheduled to end in July 2014 - will be the final phase of a Leamington-wide upgrading project that began three years ago and is costing £22 million.
Speaking at the event last Friday, Chris Keys, senior programme manager at Severn Trent, said: “Since the floods of 2007, 114 properties in Leamington have been flooded because of a lack of internal capacity in the sewer.
“We want to make sure that there are no more floods inside people’s homes.”
Mr Keys explained that this final phase is targeting 26 homes in the south of the town, but the work would also improve the water quality in the River Leam because there will be less water discharging into the river when there is heavy rain.
He said: “At the moment, the sewer is not big enough. So when we get heavy rain, it comes back and floods people’s homes.
“There is a lot of surface water which is in the system which should not be. We have devised a system that allows it to get out.”
He added: “During our recent spell of heavy rain before Christmas, you could see the pumping station at Princes Drive hard at work.”
Geoff Hancock, customer liaison officer at NMC Nomenca, which Severn Trent has contracted to carry out the work, is encouraging anyone who has concerns about how the work will affect them to get in touch.
He said: “We are really keen for people to keep up to date and we are keen for feedback.
“The letters we sent out to the public contain direct contact details for the site team and I post a tweet every week to let people know when the project website has been updated with news on the works.”
The heavy snow that fell on the first day of the exhibition meant that not as many people as expected turned up – so the Severn Trent team instead spent some time visiting Old Town businesses to make sure staff were fully aware of what is happening.
Anyone who was unable to make it to the event but would like to find out more can attend the next exhibition in April or contact Mr Keys on 01332 683068 or Mr Hancock on 07794 031967. Details are also available and regularly updated online.
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