Water company South West is plunging £3 million into upgrading a stretch of sewers in Devon.
Parts of the sewerage network originally built during Victorian times in Ivybridge, which is nine miles east of Plymouth, are prone to flooding during heavy rainfall.
Known as “hydraulic overload”, when this happens water and waste floods out through manhole covers in the road. The water company says this can be a health hazard.
A start date for the works has not yet been agreed but is likely to be between June 2014 and April 2015.
The cash is part of a £7 million scheme to improve bathing water quality in the region.