Havant Thicket Water Reservoir: Public consultation launched over plans for new connecting pipelines

Portsmouth Water is seeking residents’ views about updated plans for the pipelines connecting Bedhampton Springs to Havant Thicket Reservoir.
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Earlier this year, Portsmouth Water introduced a plan to tunnel a portion of the pipeline route using micro-tunnelling technology, minimising disruptions to communities and the environment compared to the traditional “open-cut” technique. Since then, the company has identified improvements and is now proposing two separate pipelines. This would improve flexibility in addressing droughts and allow water to flow in and out of the reservoir at the same time.

It was reported that these pipeline routes could disrupt Havant Rugby Football Club as two of their pitches could be excavated.

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Bob Taylor, Portsmouth Water chief executive, said: “We are always looking for opportunities to improve our designs and reduce our impact on local people and the environment. Earlier this year, we shared an exciting new plan to tunnel the majority of the pipeline route instead of digging up public roads and pavements.

“We have now taken this a step further and are consulting on a new proposal to install two pipelines. As well as increasing our resilience, this would mean that if the water recycling scheme were to go ahead in future, the second tunnel could be used.

“We want to be very clear that installing two pipelines would not give Southern Water permission to add recycled water to Havant Thicket Reservoir. They still need to secure separate approval for their Hampshire Water Transfer and Water Recycling scheme and will be consulting the public on this in 2024.”

Residents can provide feedback on Portsmouth Water’s plans online or attend public drop-in events from 10am to 4pm, on November 11 at the, Meridian Shopping Centre, Havant or from 3-6pm, on November 16 at Leigh Park Community Centre, Havant. The feedback collected during this consultation will influence Portsmouth Water’s planning application to Havant Borough Council.

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A council spokesperson previously stated that it recognises the importance of the works and the impact they may cause and will minimise any disruption to the community and it reserved the right to comment on the consultation.