Welsh Water kicks off £6 million water investment programme in North Wales network
Welsh Water has started work on a £6 million investment programme on its water network across North Wales which will ensure customers continue to receive first class drinking water supply for decades to come. This investment forms part of a wider nationwide investment of £30 million a year in the network by the not for profit utility company.
With some parts of the network nearing the end of its operational life, this investment will see over 50 km of water mains in North Wales cleaned, re-lined or replaced over the next four years. Some of the first areas to receive investments include the industrial estate in Mold where over £330,000 will be spent on upgrading the water network, while over £520,000 will be invested in the drinking water network in Sandycroft.
One of the biggest investment in the programme will see over £1.8 million spent in the Englefield Avenue area of Connah’s Quay where over 4 km of pipe will be replaced.
David Taylor, Head of Water Assets from Welsh Water said: “Between 2015 and 2020 Welsh Water will be investing £1.7 billion on our water and waste water network to make sure we deliver the best service possible for our customers. As part of this investment £30 million will be spent on the drinking water network as we continue to work to improve the supply and quality of our drinking water for customers across Wales and parts of Hereford ensuring they continue to receive clean and fresh water.
“With some parts of the water network laid over a century ago, the time has come for us to refresh some areas of the network by cleaning the pipes or where needed replacing whole sections of the network. We understand that a large refurbishment programme like this can cause disruption in the short-term, but the long term benefits include reduced leaks, interruptions to supply and high quality drinking water for the whole community.”
Other areas to receive improvements to their water network this year include, Hawarden, Queensferry, Flint, Bagillt, Buckley, Trelogan and Llanarmon yn Iâl. Next year will see improvements carried out in Anglesey, Abergele and Rhyl.
Councillor David Wisinger who represents Queensferry, Pentre and Sandycroft area where work is set to take place said, “It’s great to see that Welsh Water are investing over half a million pounds in the water network in Sandycroft. This work will ensure that the community receives high quality drinking water for decades to come.
David Taylor from Welsh Water added; “While we are working in these areas, some customers may experience low water pressure or discolored water, this is perfectly normal in circumstances like this, and should return to normal quickly. Customers can find more information on our website.”
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 87 impounding reservoirs.