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We’re carrying out major work to help protect properties and the highway in Mark, Somerset, from flooding.
More than £2 million is being invested to upgrade the existing sewerage network through the village, which struggles to cope during times of heavy rainfall as it is served by a problematic old vacuum sewer system. It meant sewage had to be regularly tankered away to maintain services for customers.
We've built an underground storage tank near Poplar Lane and now we’re constructing a new sewer along The Causeway to convert part of the existing system and alleviate the flooding problems.
To construct the new sewer, we have closed The Causeway to through traffic. A local diversion is in place.
The Causeway will be closed from 4 April to 8 August. We are working in conjunction with Somerset County Council to ensure our work is completed before the council resurfaces the road, which is due to take place during the August school holidays.
While this means less traffic is travelling through the village, we realise that the closure will cause some inconvenience.
Our site staff are more than happy to do anything they can to minimise any disruption while working directly outside properties.
We are doing everything we can to complete work as quickly and safely as possible and will look to work extended hours and increase our workforce.
Residents will still have access to their homes and we have arrangements in place so the closure doesn't affect school transport.
For businesses we have extra signs explaining businesses are open as usual and we have helped publicise their services in local newspapers.
We would encourage local people to continue to support local businesses.
Please contact our customer service team who can help with any questions - see general water and sewerage enquiries.