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Work gets underway on Welsh Water’s £2.5 million investment at Rhymney Bridge

25/08/2016

Welsh Water has started work on a £2.5 million investment scheme which will ensure around 30,000 customers in the Heads of the Valleys area continue to receive a top quality drinking water supply.

The not-for-profit company has started work to refurbish the spillway at Rhymney Bridge in Tredegar which captures water that supplies customers as far afield as Tredegar, Markham, Cefn Forest, Ebbw Vale, Cwm, Brynmawr, Nantyglo, Blaina, Beaufort and Rassau. The work will ensure that the reservoir continues to do so for decades to come.

Welsh Water’s Project Manager at Rhymney Bridge, Ron Durrans said: “Our £2.5 million investment is essential to ensure we continue to provide customers in the area with a first class drinking water supply. As a not for profit company we continue to invest in our assets to strengthen our resilience and continue to improve the service to our customers. This scheme will enable us to bring a Victorian engineered asset up to modern day standards and provide future generations with a safe, reliable water resource.

“The work will present a number of engineering challenges, for instance the location of the reservoir means working during the winter months could prove to be difficult. This may mean work will have to stop work during the coldest weather and restart in the spring of 2017. Months of careful planning and liaison with the appropriate regulators has been undertaken while designing this scheme and we are confident that we can complete the work by July 2017.

To mark the start of the work, Welsh Water invited Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Assembly Member Dawn Bowden and Twyn Carno Councillor, Carl Cuss to visit the site.

Dawn Bowden said: “I’m pleased to see Welsh Water investing such a significant amount in the area and to see that it will benefit so many customers. It was fascinating to see the extent of the work and the number of challenges the work presents. Working up here during the cold, winter months will most definitely be a challenge for the team.

Councillor Cuss added: “With the reservoir being so hidden away it’s easy to forget that it plays such an important role in supplying customers with drinking water. It was fascinating to learn about how it fits into the infrastructure and I look forward to hearing about the progress with the scheme and coming back next year to see it once it has been completed”.

Welsh Water’s Project Manager, Ron Durrans added: “While we don’t expect this work to cause any disruption to local customers, they may notice an increase in works traffic and deliveries to site. We have been in contact with those customers who live close to the site and will continue to update them on our progress throughout the scheme.”

Rhymney Bridge reservoir is used to top up the levels of the reservoir at Shon Sheffrey during the summer months. This helps us to manage resources during periods of dry weather or high demand to keep a constant supply of fresh, clean drinking water for our customers in the area.

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.