As part of the scheme, which has been running since 2005, properties in Greinton, near Bridgwater will be connected to the water company’s sewerage network, with the aim of reducing the pollution of local watercourses. It is expected that the work will cost around £500,000 and will be completed by December 2011.

Prior to the work, waste from the 20 properties was discharged directly into septic tanks, which often overflowed causing water pollution. The tanks will now be replaced by a by 650m sewer, which will run through roads and fields.

Wessex Water’s lead design engineer, Andy Roberts, said: “The scheme has been well received by residents who were keen to be connected to the sewerage network.”

“This is a typical rural first time sewerage scheme which will use traditional open cut construction methods, keeping the trench as small as possible to minimise road closure and disruption to the public.”

Wessex Water’s sewerage network spans 17,500km across the region and during 2005-2011 more than £25M was invested by the company to connect households reliant on home sewage treatment facilities to the public system.

Carys Matthews

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