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Welsh Water investing over £21 million in west Wales

  • Over 174km of pipe will be replaced or cleansed
  • 5km of trunk main will be replaced in Llechryd and Cilgerran
  • £2 million will be spent in Hermon, Eglwyswrw and Pont-siân areas
  • Innovative technology will be used to minimise disruption

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is undertaking the biggest ever investment to the drinking water supply in west Wales to ensure customers continue to receive a first class supply for decades to come.

With some parts of the network nearing the end of its operational life, this significant investment will see over 174km of water mains in west Wales cleaned or replaced over the next two years.

Some of the first areas to receive investments include Hermon where over £500,000 will be spent on upgrading the water network, while over £600,000 will be invested in the drinking water network in Eglwyswrw. £650,000 will also be spent in the Pont-siân area in Ceredigion.

The widespread investment in the area by the not-for-profit company will also involve replacing over 5km of the drinking water trunk main in Llechryd and Cilgerran.

In November last year Welsh Water experienced a burst on the network in Llechryd which left customers temporarily without water. To minimise the risk of such disruptions to supplies in the future, Welsh Water pledged £5 million to replace this strategic trunk main. This was in addition to the £16 million already planned on improving the resilience and quality of the water supply across the area.

Ian Christie, Welsh Water’s Managing Director of Water Services said: “With some parts of the water network laid over a century ago, the time has come for us to undertake some essential work to cleanse the pipes or where needed replace whole sections. We are committed to providing customers with a first class supply and our work here, including the replacement of the Llechryd main after the recent burst, reflects this.

“We understand that a large refurbishment programme like this can cause disruption in the short-term, but the long term benefits include reduced leaks, less interruptions to supply and high quality drinking water for the whole community for decades to come.”

Councillor John Davies who represents the Cilgerran ward where the work is set to take place on the trunk main said, “I very much welcome Dŵr Cymru‘s commitment to invest in the water supply network of the area. Whilst much of the work will focus within the community of Cilgerran the benefits will be wide ranging and place our area in a far better position in relation to resilience of the water supply network. It is reassuring that Dŵr Cymru have taken on residents’ concerns in regards to having a reliable supply of water.”

Ian Christie from Welsh Water added; “While we are working in these areas, some customers may experience low water pressure or discoloured water. This is perfectly normal during work such as this and please be assured the water supply will 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.