A FURTHER £400,000 has been invested in improvements to Alcester’s flood defences.
As part of an ongoing scheme in the town, Severn Trent started replacing the sewage main connecting the north of the town to the Sewage Treatment Plant at Oversley.
The work involves laying 1.3km of new pipe to replace a long failing system that has burst on a number of occasions.
These failures are due to pressures placed upon the system by flood water entering the existing damaged pipe work.
Site agent Ben Bladen paid a visit recently to confirm the works were progressing as expected and should be completed by July.
District councillor Mike Gittus, who has driven the improvements in the town’s flood infrastructure since the floods of 2007, said: “We have been pressing Severn Trent to undertake this work for several years after a number of serious pipe bursts on the old system caused disruption to the residents of Alcester and Oversley.
“I am very pleased they are taking the steps and making the investment to alleviate this long-standing problem.”
Alcester Town councillor Mark Cargill added: “I have an engineering background and I appreciate the issues involved in this type of large-scale engineering works.
“The disruption caused by sewage tankers moving waste water throughout the town each time there has been a burst has placed a regular strain on the community.”