Southern Resilience Scheme

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The latest
Church Lane, Backwell

The works on Church Lane are now completed. However, our compound is still in operation.

Strawberry Line

The diversion of the Strawberry Line will remain in place until completion of the construction and reinstatement works. More information will follow shortly. To find out the latest on the Strawberry Line please click here.

Woodborough Road

The closure of Woodborough Road will commence on Saturday 21st October for approximately two weeks, coinciding with the school half-term holiday when traffic volumes are reduced.

An Overview

The Southern Resilience Scheme is a new £27 million water infrastructure project that will provide improved security of supply to over 280,000 customers across our supply area, including Weston-super-Mare, Cheddar, Burnham and Glastonbury and the southern part of Bristol. This new network will give us increased flexibility and will allow us to move water from our northern sources into our southern region in the event of a loss of supply, or water back up to Bristol if we lose our northern supply. Put simply, it means if there is an emergency on one of our pipes we can get you back in water much, much quicker.

As well as this it will help us meet the increase in demand for water over the coming years. Weston-Super-Mare is one of Europe’s fastest growing towns, and so we need to supply all of the new residents and businesses coming to the area.

This video shows the scale of the project with a fly over of the new pipeline.

Two new pipelines

Cheddar main: stretching between Cheddar Treatment works and Banwell Riverside at a length of approximately 11km.
Barrow main: Stretching between our Barrow Treatment works (Bristol) and Sandford at a length of approximately 19.2km.

The pipeline will be made up of a combination of plastic and ductile iron pipeline materials and will be laid mostly using an open cut laying method where a trench is dug. Other methods such as tunnelling or sliplining will be used where it is not possible to excavate a trench. The scheme is currently in the design stage with the exact route for each pipeline to be decided. Where possible we will select a route that will minimise the impact on the local residents, commuters and the environment.

Due to length of the scheme, construction will be carried out in more than one place at a time.

New pumping station at Cheddar

A pumping station is an integral part of our water supply network. It is essentially a building filled with pumps and equipment that moves water around the network. Without pumping stations we could not move water around and get it to your homes.

Our existing pumping station on the site of the current treatment works will be upgraded to cope with the new pipeline being put in. The new pumping station pumps will be capable of pumping 35 Ml/d from the Cheddar Treatment Works to Barrow Treatment Works.

Disruption during construction

Unfortunately, some disruption is unavoidable. No customers will suffer any interruptions to water supply during this work but traffic delays will be a factor at various times during the work. The route and all traffic management arrangements throughout the project will be agreed with the relevant Council’s Highway department.

Keeping you informed

This page, and map, will be kept updated and we will use Twitter and Facebook regarding the scheme. Signage along the route will keep commuters informed of how the work at any particular point might affect them.

Environmental considerations

Traffic impact, ecological, geotechnical and archaeological studies have been carried out to investigate the likely social and environmental impacts of the works area. The results have helped shape the route and the working methods we use. We follow environmental best practice to ensure that the impacts on wildlife are minimised during construction.

The new works will be subject to our environmental strategy for engineering works and biodiversity enhancements will be carried out wherever a practicable opportunity is identified. We completed a similar engineering project in late 2014 at Millmarsh in Somerset, where a new storage reservoir was constructed in former agricultural land. At Millmarsh, biodiversity enhancement included creation of a turf roof for the reservoir with a special wildflower mix; creation of new habitat for invertebrates and mammals; hard-engineered hibernation and habitat areas for reptiles; new tree planting; and erection of specialist nesting boxes for owls, woodland birds and bats.

Find the latest update on the Strawberry Line Diversions here.