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£23 million boost to Rhondda Fach water network


Work is set to start on a £23 million scheme between Maerdy and Pontypridd which will ensure customers in the area continue to receive a first class drinking water supply for decades to come. The work is part of a £130 million nationwide investment between 2016 and 2020 by the not for profit utility company, Welsh Water, on its water network. 

With some parts of the network nearing the end of its operational life, the investment in this area will see around 54km of water mains either replaced or cleansed.  That is the equivalent to the length of almost 600 football pitches. 

The work, which is set to start in early September, will be carried in phases and will see improvements carried out to the water network which feeds homes and businesses in this area. The first phase of the work will be carried out between Maerdy and Tylorstown. 

Areas that will benefit from the investment will include Maerdy, Ferndale, Tylorstown, Ynyshir, Porth, Treforest and Pontypridd. 

David Taylor, Head of Water Assets from Welsh Water said: “Between 2015 and 2020 Welsh Water will be investing £1.7 billion in its water and waste water network to make sure we deliver the best service possible for our customers. As part of this, we will be investing £23 million on the water network between Maerdy and Pontypridd as we continue to work to improve the quality of our drinking water for customers, to ensure they receive clean and fresh water for many years to come. 

“While we are working in these areas, some customers may experience low water pressure or discolored water.  This is perfectly normal when work like this is being carried out and should return to normal quickly. Customers can find more information on our website www.dwrcymru.com/maerdypontypridd

So that local residents can find out more about the first phase of the work, two information events are going to be held.  Members of the project team will be on hand at the drop in sessions to answer any questions people may have about the work.   

The information sessions will be held at: 

Rhondda Fach Sports Centre on Monday 21st August 2pm – 7pm

Maerdy Community Centre on Tuesday 22nd August 2pm- 7pm

Mr Taylor added: “If anyone has any queries about the work I’d encourage them to come along and meet the team at the drop in events.  I’d also like to reassure people that we have done a lot of work to plan this project to ensure we keep disruption to an absolute minimum.  This involved making sure that as much of the work as possible is carried out away from roads and the main built up areas. 

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank people in advance for bearing with us during the work and assure them we will get everything done as quickly and as safely as we can.”