Somerset

New sewers laid in Edington to stop pollution

About 75 homes in a Somerset village have been connected to new sewers in a move aimed at reducing pollution.

Wessex Water says it has invested almost £2m in the scheme, in Edington, near Bridgwater.

Parish councillor Peter Holt said the authority had asked for a connection to a mains sewage network.

"Virtually the whole village had used septic tanks," he said. "We were getting problems like bad smells and the tanks backing up."

A Wessex Water spokesman the scheme had been "challenging".

He said specialist equipment had to be used to remove underground rock in order for the sewers to be laid, and there was heavy snow at the beginning of the year.

Mr Holt said: "It [the previous situation] was clearly something that wasn't right for this day and age.

"This work was essential to ensure Edington's sewage network is fit for the 21st Century."

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