Brand new pipes to reduce bursts in Rutland

Water supply
Water supply

Severn Trent Water will start work to instal 2km of brand new water pipes in Whissendine on Tuesday (April 28).

The water company is investing £350,000 to replace the cast iron water pipes which have grown old, making them prone to leaks and bursts.

Severn Trent Water programme engineer, John Springett, explains: “As water pipes get old, they can get weaker and can crack or burst. We want to make sure our customers’ water supply is always there when they need it, that’s why we’re investing a huge amount of money to lay brand new water pipes in the village.

“The 2km of old cast iron pipes that our contract partner, Laing O’Rourke, will start laying on Monday should be serving homes in the Autumn. That’s good news for our customers and for us too, because plastic pipes are more resistant to leaks and bursts.

“We appreciate that any work in the roads can cause inconvenience, so we’ve planned this in a way to minimise any disruption. The first part of the work will start on Pickwell Lane using temporary traffic lights for around two weeks. Later in May, work will move onto Oakham Road, again using traffic lights. During the late May half term week, when the roads are less busy, and to keep our engineers and everyone else who uses the road safe, we’ll need to close part of Main Street for a week and a half. We’ll also need to close Ashwell Road, but we’re going to wait until the summer holidays to do this part, again to minimise disruption.

“This work is really important to make sure that water supplies for our customers are reliable going forward. We know that we may cause some inconvenience for the local community, but we won’t be there for long, and this work will help us to keep the water running for many years to come.”