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Hampshire communities hear of flood prevention progress

More than 100 Southern Water customers gathered at Colden Common Community Centre to find out more about work to solve recurring flooding issues in villages south of Winchester.

More than 100 Southern Water customers gathered at Colden Common Community Centre to find out more about work to solve recurring flooding issues in villages south of Winchester. 
 
Residents of Kiln Lane and other areas of Brambridge and Colden Common, including Highbridge Road, were impacted by high water levels following heavy rainfall on a number of occasions last year.  
 
Southern Water teams have been working in those areas for a number of months investigating the issues and looking at how we can reduce the flood risk and improve the wastewater network.  
 
Work going on in the area includes: 
 
•    Finding and fixing private wastewater pipes which have been illegally connected into surface water drains  
•    Carrying out detailed surveys of the entire local network to identify areas for further investment and improvement 
•    An enhanced tanker operation to reduce the risk of wastewater flooding moving forwards. 
 
Head of Southern Water’s Wastewater Networks, Alex Saunders, said: 
 
“This event gave us an important opportunity to meet our customers and share the work we’re doing to protect homes, businesses and the River Itchen.  
 
“We know our performance in this area must improve, and we’re working around-the-clock to investigate where investment can make a difference in our network, and we were pleased to be able to talk to our customers about the work we’re doing.” 

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