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03/05/2016

Residents in Dolgarrog and nearby areas in Conwy have been keeping warm and raising money for charity at the same time over the past four months thanks to construction work by Welsh Water in the area.

Work to expand and improve Welsh Water’s Bryn Cowlyd water treatment works just outside Dolgarrog, which supplies clean, safe drinking water to over 44,000 homes in Llandudno, Conwy, Colwyn Bay and Conwy Valley started in January. The first stage of the £31 million investment work included clearing the site to prepare the ground for construction. To allow access to the site and room for the extension to the treatment works, some trees needed to be removed. New trees will be planted on site following the work.

To minimize waste and reduce carbon footprint, local residents were able to take the logs to use as fire wood in return for a donation to Welsh Water’s nominated charity, WaterAid.

Welsh Water customers support WaterAid
(l-r) Local resident, Giovanni Jacovelli, Welsh Water’s North East Distribution Manager and WaterAid ambassador Oliver Malkin and Site Manager for Skanska, Rory Jones

Rory Jones, Site Manager for the scheme said: “It’s been a great initiative, turning what would have previously been a waste product, into something which can be used by residents in the local community as firewood. As the logs are being used locally, it also means there’s a reduction in CO2 emissions from the project. Local residents have been very supportive of the idea and have been very kind with their donations.”

One local resident who lives opposite to Bryn Cowlyd that has donated to WaterAid is Giovanni Jacovelli, owner of the Conwy Valley Maze; “It’s good to see that Welsh Water are not letting the trees go to waste and giving local people the opportunity to make use of them. For me, getting logs from just across the road has been great - it’s not only convenient but also means I can support a good charity.”

When the work at Bryn Cowlyd has been completed, new trees will be planted on site to restore some of the natural elements in the area and conceal the works from the road as well as help the site blend in with its surroundings.

Oliver Malkin, Welsh Water’s North East Distribution Manager and WaterAid ambassador said: “Welsh Water has been supporting the charity Water Aid for nearly 37 years. Here in Wales we take safe, clean water coming from our taps for granted. Working for Welsh Water I know how much work goes into ensuring the water in people’s homes is safe and healthy to drink. However, not everyone across the world has access to this basic and essential provision. By working with WaterAid we can help to make sure that other people in countries such as Uganda have access to clean water and safe sanitation like we have here which means that we can help save lives.

“I would like to thank the people of Dolgarrog and the surrounding area for being so generous and helping us raise £940 towards this worthy charity.”

Notes to Editor

  • Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water serves most of Wales, Deeside and Herefordshire. It is one of 10 water and sewerage companies in England and Wales and is the sixth largest. Unlike other water companies, it does not have any shareholders
  • Since 2001, it has been owned by Glas Cymru which was formed in April 2001 for the sole purpose of acquiring and owning Welsh Water
  • It is a ‘company limited by guarantee’ and our business model is unique in the water industry. It has no shareholders which means that all financial surpluses are reinvested in the business for the benefit of customers
  • Glas Cymru’s constitution strictly limits its purpose to that of financing water assets in Welsh Water’s area of appointment and managing Welsh Water’s business so that high quality water and wastewater services are delivered at least cost to the communities served by Welsh Water
  • As part of our £26 billion network of assets, we operate and maintain 27,500km of water mains, more than 30,000km of sewers, 838 sewage treatment works and 66 impounding reservoirs

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