Southern Water has held a series of public exhibitions to inform local people about its plans to secure water supplies in Hampshire.
More than 130 people attended the four exhibitions that were held at locations close to the route of the proposed 18.5km pipeline that will link Testwood Water Supply Works (WSW) to Otterbourne WSW.
Local residents were given the opportunity to view the plans, ask questions of the project team and provide feedback on the proposals.
Damon Elliott, Southern Water’s Project Manager, said: “The exhibitions were extremely worthwhile and we received a good level of interest from our customers about our plans.
“The discussions we have had and the feedback received will be important as we finalise our plans ahead of the submission of a planning application. I’d like to thank the local community for taking the time to come and talk to us about our proposals.”
The proposed Testwood Water Supply scheme will involve upgrading Testwood WSW in Totton and constructing a pipeline between Testwood WSW and Otterbourne WSW. The scheme is being planned because the conditions of Southern Water’s abstraction licence on the River Itchen are to change as result of European legislation which seeks to further protect the river.
This means that less water will be available for public water supply from June to September and a ‘hands off flow’ will be introduced so when the river flow drops below a certain level, 198 million litres per day, Southern Water will not abstract any water.
Southern Water is putting in place a suite of measures to ensure there is enough water available for customers once the sustainability reduction is introduced. This includes the roll out of metering across the area to reduce demand for water, ongoing work to tackle leakage on the network and the proposed Testwood scheme.
The proposed scheme will enable the company to treat more water at Testwood WSW and pump it across to Otterbourne. Linking these two strategic sites, will provide greater flexibility and robustness to the network and enable the company to move water around the area more easily.
Information on the scheme can be found at www.southernwater.co.uk/testwood