Welsh Water have confirmed that they will be accelerating their investment for the Gwyddelwern area and will be starting work to replace the water main in April 2022.
In July, Clwyd West MS Darren Millar wrote to Welsh Water calling on them to urgently address frequent interruptions to water supply in Gwyddelwern after receiving complaints from residents.
As a result, the company sent out a letter to the affected residents apologising for the disruptions and pledging to resolve the issues as soon as they can.
At the end of last month, Darren contacted Welsh Water calling for a timescale for the work and received a response advising that the water main will be replaced next April.
The response states:
“We are currently undertaking detailed investigations on the Gwyddelwern water network to confirm the investment needed to renew the water main in this area. Such work involves design and feasibility studies to ensure that we can identify a sustainable solution as this will be a significant investment.
“We appreciate that local residents are frustrated by the recent interruptions to supply and so we are reconfiguring our general investment plan to ensure that we accelerate our investment for the area and can start the work to replace the water main in April 2022.”
“I very much welcome Welsh Water’s commitment to resolving the problems the residents of Gwyddelwern are experiencing, but appreciate that residents maybe disappointed that they have to wait until April next year for work on replacing the main to begin.
“Welsh Water have told me that they cannot start any earlier as once their designs are finalised, they will then need to negotiate land access agreements with local landowners and liaise with the local authority’s highways department as such work can be intrusive.
“Nonetheless, they have promised to work closely with the local community as well as elected representatives to ensure that residents are informed of their plans and have sufficient advance warning ahead of any potential disruption.
“In the meantime, they will continue to monitor the water network in Gwyddelwern closely and have assured me that they will mobilise teams quickly should they experience any operational issues over coming months.”
Welsh Water will be informing residents in Gwyddelwern of their plans over the next few weeks.