Rhymney Valley £10million upgrade to improve the water network nears completion at Deri

23 January 2023

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has invested £10 million to upgrade the water network in the Rhymney Valley. To date, the company has installed approximately 11km of brand-new pipework in Rhymney and Bargoed and plan to complete the investment work to replace a further 2km in the Deri area.

That is the equivalent length of 124 football pitches! The new pipes will ensure that customers receive a safe, reliable supply of clean drinking water for decades to come.

The not-for-profit company continues to work closely with Envolve Infrastructure and the local authority to plan and deliver the work whilst minimising disruption to the community where possible. This has included the use of innovative techniques such as ‘sliplining’ which involves pushing the pipe through the existing pipe, avoiding the need to dig up large trenches within the highway. This technique is also much quicker compared to more traditional methods.

To showcase Welsh Water’s investment projects and the new innovative technology used, the company have released a ‘Zonal Studies Film’ that features the progress made in Rhymney:

Chris Moore, Project Manager for Welsh Water, said:  “As a company, we’re investing £1.8 billion in our water and wastewater network to make sure we can deliver the best service possible for our customers. As part of this, we are currently investing £10 million to upgrade the water network within the Rhymney Valley. This will not only help improve the quality of our drinking water for customers in the area, but also help ensure they receive a supply of clean and fresh drinking water for many years to come.

"We understand that our work has been inconvenient at times, and we’re grateful to the community for bearing with us while we carry out our work. We would like to reassure them that we will get everything done as quickly and as safely as we can."

To thank the local community whilst they undertook the work, the not-for-profit water company has awarded over £7,000 to community groups in Rhymney and Bargoed through its Community Fund and donated a further £5,000 to the local foodbank.

Welsh Water’s Community Fund is a chance for communities to boost fundraising efforts for good causes in their area. If you live in an area where work is taking place – and you are fundraising for projects to benefit the community – you could receive funding from Welsh Water up to a value of £1,000. To find out more visit www.dwrcymru.com/Community-Fund.

To find out more about this investment work please visit www.dwrcymru.com/Rhymney-Bargoed.