BATHERS could soon be taking a dip in the River Leam.
Severn Trent is improving 49km of river across the region and plans to create a trial bathing on a stretch of the River Leam. Another trial area is planned at Ludlow in Shropshire.
Its Green Recovery bathing rivers project, the first of its kind for a water company, will begin with investigative work in Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens, digging trial holes to understand ground conditions ahead of the project starting in September.
Wilfred Denga, project lead for Severn Trent, said: “We’re really excited about the work we’re going to be doing across Warwickshire and Ludlow over the next three years, and we can’t wait for our local communities and environment to enjoy the benefits from this incredible project, which see the trial creation of safer to swim stretches of river.
“This pre-investigative work is vital in making sure when we come to work later in the year, that our teams know exactly what they’re working with to ensure the work is carried out as smoothly as possible.
“We’ll be digging some trial holes and boreholes that will help give us the relevant information on utilities and the type of ground we’re working with, so we can crack on with no surprises.”
The work in the Pump Room Gardens will begin on February 14 and will take around three weeks to complete.
It will involve digging various trial holes – by both hand and with an excavator – and drilling boreholes with a specialist rotary and percussion rigs to enable geotechnical samples to be taken.
Mr Denga added: “We’re really excited about getting started with such a fantastic project, that’s going to bring so many benefits to not only the rivers and environment, but to our customers living here who will have healthier, thriving rivers to enjoy.
“We hope the work doesn’t cause much disruption, and it will always be our priority to keep any disruption to a minimum and have the work completed as quickly as we can.”