Further investment to prevent sewer flooding in Gloucester

23 June 2016

Work started this week to revamp the sewers in Gloucester. The £500,000 investment will help reduce the risk of sewer flooding for residents in the north of the city.

The sewer work comes as we reach the final stages of installing over a mile of old water pipes, with the final connections also taking place at the junction of Berkeley Street and Westgate Street this week.

Ian Woodward, senior programme engineer for Severn Trent, explains more: “We’ve been working in Gloucester since January replacing old water pipes with new ones to make sure we can continue to supply all of our customers with a continuous water supply. Rather than cause more disruption in the future, we’ve taken this opportunity to extend the programme slightly and spend a further half a million pounds to refurbish some of the old sewer pipes in the city.

“Many of the sewers in the north part of Gloucester have been in the ground for a long time, so we plan to line them to make them more secure and prevent the pipes from bursting and causing sewer flooding. The great thing about using this technique is that we won’t have to dig up too many roads, and in turn we’ll reduce the impact on local traffic.”

The sewer work will start next week in Oxstalls Drive, Stanway Road and Longford Lane, and will be carried out by our contract partner NMCNomenca.

Ian continues: “To make sure everyone is kept safe, we will unfortunately need to use temporary traffic lights and some road closures at various points during the work. We’ve worked closely with the local authority to plan this work and contacted our customers in the area. We know this may cause a bit of inconvenience but we will be doing all we can to keep disruption to an absolute minimum. The good news is, because of the techniques we’ll be using, we don’t expect any section of work to last longer than seven days.

“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding whilst we get this vital work done. We won’t be around for long, but the work we’re doing will benefit Gloucester and our customers for many years to come.”

The remainder of the work on the water pipes will take two weeks, during which time a road closure, and diversion will be in place, while the sewer work is expected to be completed by the end of August.