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New water mains for Colden Common

Tuesday, 03 September 2013

Press release from Southern Water

Southern Water is planning a water mains replacement scheme on the B3354, Main Road, Colden Common.

This is an essential scheme to reduce the risk of bursts, which have caused problems for customers on several occasions in the past due to loss of water supply and emergency road closures.

The Southern Water project team has liaised closely with Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council, parish councils, the Highways Agency and emergency services. It is in the process of talking to customers and businesses in the area about the scheme.

Work is planned to be undertaken in three phases:

The work will be suspended between October 10 and 14 to minimise the disruption for Marwell Zoo's Go! Rhinos event.

The roadworks will also be suspended in December to avoid the Christmas period.

Southern Water's contractor Clancy Docwra will be working seven days a week, using extended working hours to complete the job as quickly as possible.

Southern Water Project Manager Peter Simmons said: "This water main has burst a number of times in the past, causing problems for customers who have lost their water supply, and also causing traffic disruption. We must replace the main with a more durable pipe which will reduce the risk of bursts and leaks.

"Although the timing of the scheme has been carefully planned, it will inevitably cause some disruption. We'll do all we can to minimise this and will be updating customers throughout.

"We'll be in the area for a few months but the benefits of the work - a more reliable supply of water to customers' taps and fewer emergency road closures - will last long into the future."

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: "Southern Water has recognised the significant disruption these works will cause road users. It has engaged with the council to do everything it can to minimise disruption that works of this nature are bound to cause."

"We will be monitoring the situation and ensuring that Southern Water keep residents, local businesses and the emergency services informed of any changes to the works schedule and to check that the measures agreed to reduce disruption are put in place and working as effectively as possible."

Road users are strongly advised to follow the diversion signs which will be in place during the full closure in January.

Contact: Southern Water customer services on 0845 278 0845

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