Healthy water in the pipeline

PUBLISHED: 05:58 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:48 24 May 2010

TWO huge new pipelines will be built through North Somerset to make sure village water supplies meet Government standards. A 3.5km-long pipe will be built from the treatment works in Castle Hill, Banwell, around Winscombe to the treatment works located in

TWO huge new pipelines will be built through North Somerset to make sure village water supplies meet Government standards.A 3.5km-long pipe will be built from the treatment works in Castle Hill, Banwell, around Winscombe to the treatment works located in Rowberrow.Another 2.6km-long pipe will then be built from Rowberrow to the cemetery in Sandford Road, Winscombe, where it will be pumped into the local supply.Bristol Water is responsible for the water supply and although it is currently safe, Winscombe will now receive water from the Banwell treatment works, which is of a better standard.North Somerset Council has allowed the pipes to be built, saying they will not have a major effect on the countryside, even though they will run through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Work is set to start on the project as soon as possible and finish by February - just in time for a Government deadline.Government drinking water inspectors imposed a legal requirement that the supply must be upgraded by April next year.The new pipes will also serve smaller villages surrounding Winscombe, such as Sandford and Sidcot. The company says the new pipes will mean the Rowberrow treatment works will eventually close.

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