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Fiscal stimulus funds upgrade sewer network

05 February 2010

The Transport and Technical Services Department has been awarded a total of £370,792 from the fiscal stimulus fund, to continue its programme of work separating surface water from the foul sewer network in St Helier.

The Treasury Minister has this week allocated £346,792 and together with a previous award of £24,000, that makes a total of £370,792.

The work is considered necessary as taking surface water out of the foul sewage system reduces the loading on the sewage treatment works, and reduces the risk of dilute sewage overflowing to the sea during storm conditions.

The fiscal stimulus funding will pay for a new surface water sewer beneath Rouge Bouillon from the Queens Road roundabout to Raleigh Avenue. At the moment one brick sewer takes both foul and surface water from adjoining properties, as well as surface water from the road gullies. The new sewer will discharge to an existing surface water sewer in Rouge Bouillon.

The project manager, Andy Downie, said “Separating the foul and surface water systems will not only reduce the load on the sewage treatment works, it will also allow future residential development in St Helier, as outlined in the draft Island Plan, without the need to upgrade the foul sewer network.”

The Treasury Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf, said “This funding continues our programme of injecting cash into the local economy. We want to help companies survive the challenging trading environment, as this will help achieve the ultimate aim of the fiscal stimulus, which is to keep islanders employed and to support households through a difficult period.

 “This particular funding is for essential infrastructure work, but whether the fiscal stimulus funds construction, skills training, businesses, or individuals, it keeps people in work and stimulates the economy, and we all benefit from that.”

The work is due to start on 2 April 2010 and should be completed by 7 May 2010.

Gas diversion work is required before the main sewerage work begins, to allow the pipe laying to proceed unhindered, and traffic restrictions on the Ring Road will need to be introduced while the work is underway. Details will be published nearer the start date.



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