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Welsh Water's main-laying record.

Byline: David Williamson

DWR CYMRU Welsh Water has passed the milestone of laying three million metres of refurbished water mains in Wales.

The refurbished mains, equivalent to the distance between Wales and Turkey, is a pounds 264m investment and has been carried out between 2000-2007.

The work has been done by Laing O'Rourke, working with United Utilities, ChandlerKBS and other partners.

Welsh Water's managing director Nigel Annett said, 'This investment in refurbishing our mains is bringing long term benefits to communities throughout Wales. We would like to thank our customers, the highways authorities and local councils across Wales for their patience and co-operation whilst we carried out this essential work.'

Andrew Swift, alliance leader for Laing O'Rourke, said, 'This investment has been carefully managed to minimise disruption to our customers and road users.'

From 2000 to 2007, a total of 2,600km of water mains were upgraded in north Wales, 6,500km in West Wales, 6,500km in Herefordshire, 4,900km in Gwent, 4,400km in Cardiff and central areas and 5,200km around Gower.

Welsh Water is owned by Glas Cymru. The company is investing pounds 1.2bn in its water and sewerage network between 2005 and 2010.
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 2, 2007
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