A complex scheme to upsize sewers in Tilehurst to cope with
an additional 95 tonnes of sewage is now nearly complete.
Optimise, contractors working for Thames Water, have been
busy in Hildens Drive since January installing new, bigger
sewer pipes to upgrade the area's network and last week
showed exactly how they were doing the work with an 'auger
borer', an underground tunnel-digging machine.
The complex kit is being used to dig the sewer pipe under
the ground to minimise the amount that has to be dug with
an open trench making it quicker and less disruptive.
The auger boring machine being used in Hildens
Drive by contractors Optimise
Andy Popple, Thames Water's head of programme delivery,
"We are making really good progress and have been able
to install 700 meters of new pipe already and we're hoping
to have the work complete by the end of the month.
"Despite the recent heavy rain, the new network has
already shown an ability to cope so we are confident this
scheme will prove a real benefit to the people of Tilehurst
who have had to put up with the misery of sewer flooding in
"We've been augering the sewer pipe, which in places
is 1500mm wide, to reduce the impact to local businesses
and residents and we're pleased that we're ahead of
schedule to finish up and get out of their way."
The £1m project has seen bigger sewers laid in Hildens
Drive, City Road, Longworth Avenue and Foxcombe Drive. Most
of this work has already been completed, but the road
closure is currently in place along City Road.
Ten homes in the area have experienced sewer flooding in
the past as the old network was unable to cope when it
rained heavily. With more homes set to be built, pressure
on the sewer network would have increased if the work had
not been done- along with the risk of further sewer