THE first stage of a scheme to prevent sewage flooding in Solihull is almost complete.
Severn Trent Water has been working on the Streetsbrook Valley scheme since February in a bid to alleviate flooding in the area.
Ageing pipes have been replaced and the capacity of the sewer network has increased as part of the £3.1million investment.
Since the project began five months ago, Severn Trent Water has set about transforming the sewage area in Greswolde Road and Grange Road.
In this time three large underground storage tanks have been constructed and 600 metres of sewer has been replaced.
Graham Robinson, Project Engineer for Severn Trent Water said: “So far our works have been very successful. We have been working well with local residents and Oak Cottage Primary School to minimise the inconvenience that our works may have caused.
“We have liased closely with the school, and even presented a school assembly to educate the pupils on why the works are being done and how to stay safe around construction sites.”
Road closures and other disruptions are expected in Streetsbrook Road when the next phase gets underway in July 20.
Work will still continue on Greswolde Road and Grange Road but Mr Robinson says it is the best thing for the borough.
“Sewer replacement work can be very disruptive but the huge investment in this area will vastly improve the resilience of the network and will benefit our customers by reducing the chance of sewer flooding.”