Thames Water will this week begin a major project to protect vulnerable homes that have been flooded by sewage 13 times in six years.
The flood alleviation scheme will involve placing a large underground tank in Palmer Park, Reading, to act as an overflow in times of heavy rain, which has previously caused sewage backups into homes.
Thames Water head of capital delivery Lawrence Gosden said: “This is a massive project that we have been planning for a number of years and we are pleased that we can finally get this done.
“The tank will go underneath the ground and once completed will not be visible or obtrusive at all.
“This is a must-do job and one that will take away the fear of flooding to the five homes that were flooded repeatedly between 2003 and 2009.”
Reading East MP Rob Wilson said: “I will be keeping a close eye on these works to ensure everything goes smoothly and disruption to residents is kept to a minimum.”
Work will start on July 25 and will be ongoing for five weeks. Tank installation will start on September 6 and will be completed by the end of the year.