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Welsh Water’s boost to Porth drinking water


Welsh Water is investing £1.8 million into Porth Town Centre as part of its plans to upgrade the drinking water network. The work - which forms part of a wider investment of £23 million by the company to upgrade the network between Maerdy and Pontypridd - will ensure customers continue to receive a safe and reliable supply of drinking water for decades to come. 

With some parts of the network in Porth nearing the end of its operational life, the investment will see around 1.8 kilometres of water mains being replaced and improved.

As part of this project, brand new pipes will be laid in and around Porth Town Centre with the work set to start at the beginning of January 2018.  It is anticipated that work on this part of the project will be completed by May 2018.

Work will start at four locations around the town centre in January in a bid to complete the work as quickly as possible.  Customers and businesses have been contacted about the work and the team will work with anyone affected to ensure the least amount of disruption.  Welsh Water’s customer information van will also be in and around the area during the course of the work to ensure people are kept fully up to date on the work.

During the early stages of the work in January there will be some weekend closures required on Porth Street near the junction with Porth Bridge.  This will be to allow for some further investigations to be carried out to find the best route for the new water main as there are already a lot of utility services laid in the road in that part of town.  These investigations will ensure the new main can then be laid as quickly and with the least disruption possible through that area.  

There will be a section of work on Pontypridd Road which will require a road closure.  This essential part of the work is planned to take place between March and May 2018.

Details of road closures and diversion routes will be made available through further press releases and social media outlets.

Ian Christie, Managing Director of Water Services 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, with £1.8 million going directly to Porth Town Centre. 

“Our teams have sent out letters, held several information events, visited businesses and attended the Porth Christmas event to try to communicate with as many businesses and residents about the work.  

“Our work is already well underway in the Maerdy and Ferndale areas and we’d like to thank these customers for bearing with us while we carry out this essential work to improve the quality of our drinking water, to ensure they receive clean and fresh water for many years to come.

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

Julie Williams, Councilor for the Porth ward said: “We are pleased that Welsh Water is investing £1.8 million to ensure that the Porth area will continue to receive a reliable supply of drinking water.  We know that this essential work may cause some disruption however Welsh Water, RCT Council and your local councilors are working together to ensure this is kept to a minimum.”

During the work, some customers may experience low water pressure or discolored water, which is perfectly normal in circumstances like this, and should return to normal quickly.