Porth Water Network Upgrade

5 December 2018

Welsh Water has completed a major piece of investment work which will help deliver first class drinking water to the Porth area for decades to come. The investment work formed part of the wider £23 million the company is investing to install brand new water pipes across Rhondda Fach.

The work in Porth involved laying around 1km of new pipework in and around the town centre, including a 400 metre section of pipe along a busy stretch of Pontypridd Road.  The new pipes replaced older ones – many were over a hundred years old – which had reached the end of their operational life.

The not-for-profit water company invested £2million in new water pipes for Porth which will ensure a first class and reliable supply for customers every time they open the tap.

Local Councilor for Porth, Julie Williams said “We knew that this was essential work and that some disruption would be inevitable however, the new water pipes will have long term benefits for all those living in the area for many years to come. The contractors were hard working, and did their best to get the job done as quickly as possible. Councillor Cox and I were kept up to date from beginning to end regarding the work”

Aled Morgan, Infrastructure Programme Manager from Welsh Water said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to complete this challenging part of the scheme on schedule.  Working in such a busy area is never easy and we did all that we could to complete the work as quickly as possible to minimize disruption.

“We understand that our work can be inconvenient and we did our best to keep traders, customers and residents in the area informed from beginning to end. We faced some difficult challenges along the way, including working on narrow stretches of busy roads such as Pontypridd Road and Porth Street, while trying to keep the traffic flowing through the busy town centre.  We really do appreciate the cooperation shown to us by local traders, residents and commuters and would like to thank them for bearing with us.” 

Even though the brand new water main has been installed in and around Porth town centre, Welsh Water will still be visible in the Porth area while the old pipework is disconnected.

Welsh Water’s work in Porth forms part of a wider investment the company is making into the drinking water pipes in Rhondda Fach.  In total, the company is investing over £23 million in the area and essential improvements have already been made in areas including Maerdy, Stanleytown, Wattstown, Porth and Trehafod. The water mains are being renewed to ensure customers in the area continue to receive a first class drinking water supply for decades to come.

(Left to right) Local area Councillor Julie Williams, Project Manager (DCWW) John Rose and local area Councillor Alun Cox 

(Left to right) Local area Councillor Julie Williams, Project Manager (DCWW) John Rose and local area Councillor Alun Cox