High Street next for water works

Final phase of major investment will be carried out seven days a week from January 28, says South West Water.

Work to renew Honiton’s mains water network is set to reach High Street later this month.

South West Water says 800 metres of mains will be relined from Dowell Street to Kings Road from Saturday, January 28.

Overall, the water company is spending �3.5 million on improvements in Honiton and the town centre work signals the final phase of the scheme.

No road closures are needed, although some on-street parking will be suspended while work is taking place.

Graham Murphy, South West Water’s director of engineering, said: “We take great pride in delivering the best quality drinking water to our customers. Old, corroded water mains sometimes meant our water was not always arriving in the condition we would like.

“Relining and replacing the water mains in Honiton will help ensure everyone gets a sparkling glass of refreshing water when they turn on the taps, cutting down incidents of discolouration and enabling us to reduce chlorine levels. The work will also prolong the life of the mains.”

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South West Water has scheduled the work to avoid disrupting the town’s popular street market, which takes place every Tuesday and Saturday.

It will take between two and three weeks to complete, with staff working seven days a week.

Work on the local mains network began last summer and improvements around Alfington and West Hill are now finished with work in Honiton due for completion by the end of March 2012.