Cheltenham £5m sewer overhaul to prevent flooding

More than £5m has been promised for a new sewer system in Cheltenham in an overhaul expected to help prevent future sewage flooding.

Severn Trent Water is planning to invest the money to renew or replace up to 7km of sewer pipes.

The firm said it was working with the council to ensure the work causes as little disruption as possible.

The work is expected to take place between May and March 2015 and surveying is already under way.

'Grown old'

Wayne Ellis, from Severn Trent Water, said: "Sewer flooding is one of the worst things that can happen to our customers, so we're making this investment in the Cheltenham area to help prevent it.

"With the changing weather patterns, we're seeing more rain than we used to and the original pipes are now too small to cope with it.

"They've also grown old, and it's important we act now to make sure they'll be in good working order for years to come and prevent any issues in the future."

It is expected that more than 3km of old sewer pipes will be replaced with new, larger ones to help to protect homes.

Another 4km of pipes will be assessed to see if they need any repairs.

NMC Nomenca will be carrying out the work on behalf of Severn Trent Water in the following areas: Charlton Kings; Whaddon; Prestbury; Warden Hill; Lansdown; Tivoli; Leckhampton and Fairview Road.

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