WATER supplier Severn Trent says that a series of multi-million pound projects are on the way to ensure the future of the water network across the city.

Severn Trent acquired Dee Valley Water in 2018, taking over operations in Chester. Dee Valley Water changed name to Hafren Dyfrdwy and provides water services to customers living in Wales.

The supplier says that £4.5m worth of works have already taken place throughout Chester's water network over the last five years.

This investment included water pipe replacement and upgrades to the Boughton Water Treatment Works along with a project that has just been completed where £54,000 was used to fund the replacement of just under half a kilometre of mains pipes in Plemstall.

Upcoming projects will see a further £17m of investment.

These include the major £3.6m project on the River Dee to install fish friendly, eel screens on the river to protect local wildlife which began at the start of September and will be completed by March 2025.

The screens are being installed in raw water intakes where water is taken from before being turned into drinking water and will mean the different types of eels such as adult silver eels, yellow eels, juvenile glass eels and elver, as well as other types of fish and wildlife are protected.

Other projects include:

• Manor Farm Close Water Quality Renewal – replacing half a kilometre of water main pipe in Mickle Trafford

• Chester (Boughton WTW) Resilience – a new 600mm pipe to boost resilience at the water treatment works

• Boughton WTW New Alum Tanks – a new system that will help improve water quality

Catherine Webb, Community Communications Officer at Severn Trent, said: "This investment and these projects are important pieces of work that will help with the resilience of our network and the work that we do for the city. Not only that, but our investments will also see us working to protect local wildlife, as well as have a positive impact on the customers that we serve, and providing a water supply, and network that’s fit for now, and future generations. We are looking forward to starting these works for the area and will reveal more details as soon as we can."