Southern Water invited the local MP, local borough councillors and parish councillors to Appleshaw, to demonstrate the techniques they are now using to solve problems caused by ground water infiltration of the sewer network.
"Last year was one of the wettest years on record, and a number of villages in my constituency suffered from ground water penetration of the sewer network. St Mary Bourne and Appleshaw were two of the villages most affected, but others including Penton Mewsey also had tankers in the villages for weeks on end, either over pumping back into local rivers, or in to tankers".
Sir George welcomed the initiative of Southern Water to show representatives from Appleshaw and St Mary Bourne techniques being used to seal off the sewers from water ingress.
"They showed us how to fit Quicklock, a metal sleeve shaped device which is fitted via the remote application of high pressure air, and which structurally repairs sewer leaks. We were also told how entirely new pipes can be inserted within existing pipes, without having to dig up the whole road".
Afer carrying out work in Appleshaw, Southern Water hope to tackle the problems in other villages in North West Hants.