A South West Water scheme costing nearly £1 million to improve the sewer system in Bideford, Appledore and Northam has now started.
Over the next five months, South West Water and its H5O partners will be refurbishing the network to improve the service to residents and businesses as part of a five-year £42 million investment in the sewer network across the region.
The scheme will renovate sewers identified as being at risk of collapse and to alleviate potential flooding problems.
Work starts in Appledore this week before moving to Bideford.
Project manager Stephen Cross said: “Without this necessary work the sewer network will continue to deteriorate. That can lead to collapses – which cause pollution, flooding and odour.
“We will be working hard to minimise disruption to the public and businesses as far as possible while completing these essential improvements.”
South West Water’s contractors will employ ‘no dig’ techniques wherever possible to minimise disruption to traffic.
Some excavation will be necessary to rebuild damaged manhole chambers or to replace badly damaged pipes, but this has been kept to a minimum.
Some evening and night-time road closures will be necessary and alternative routes will be signposted when necessary.