Severn Trent invests £5 million pounds improving water in Powys

19th September 2016

Severn Trent has started work on a major water pipe scheme in Powys by investing £5 million pounds to replace nearly 30 miles of the water network. The company will be laying new pipes between the areas of Machynlleth and New Mills and now want to invite locals to a drop in session to find out all about the works taking place in Powys.

Severn Trent spokesman, Gareth Mead, says about the project: “This huge investment in Powys is already well underway and we’re really excited about the benefits for the locals. The older the network gets, the less reliable it can be, and we want the local people to be able to trust their water supply so we’re replacing the old with the new. We’re expecting to be working in Powys for around a year, dedicating time to various points of the network that need some attention. By replacing these pipes, it will allow us to continue to provide the communities with a reliable water source, with fewer bursts and disruptions to the water supply. Our work is already well underway at Machynlleth and the next stage will be in New Mills where we’ll be replacing around three and a half miles worth of pipes.

“The people who know these rural areas best are the local residents, so when we’re doing work like this, we like listening to suggestions and talking to the community to help us to find those little gems of information which can make a huge difference to our plans. We also want to keep the community informed about what we’re doing, and listen to feedback. With this in mind we’d really like to talk to the people who may be affected by the work in the area and have the chance to explain to them the benefits of this investment into Powys. We’ll be holding a drop in session on Thursday 22 September and you can find the team at New Mills Village Hall, SY16, between 4pm and 7pm.”

Severn Trent contract partners Amey will be carrying out the work on the project. Work is expected to start in New Mills on Monday 17 October and this stage is expected to take up to eight to ten weeks complete.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience these works may cause but we hope that people understand why it’s really important that we do this work now so we can give the residents of Powys water pipes that they can rely on for years to come.”

Work started this summer and we expect the 30 miles of new pipes in Powys to be up and running by summer 2017.