THE FINAL phase of a £1million project to replace the city’s ageing water pipes got underway this week.
Workmen from Severn Trent Water began digging up Sansome Walk on Monday (September 22) to change 1.3km of pipes to modern, sustainable ones.
The company has already installed 3.7km of pipes with the work on Sansome Walk set to be completed in mid-November.
Jonathan Tait, Severn Trent’s programme manager, said: “Over the summer, we wanted to give the people of Worcester a break from the water work which has been carried out – now we’re starting again and we’re focussed on getting the job finished quickly.
“This is a massive improvement to Worcester’s water supply, we’re installing almost five kilometres of modern water pipes to help make sure our customers’ taps continue to work.
“The old ones have to be replaced because they’ve become weak and prone to bursts.”
Mr Tait said it would be doing everything possible to minimise disruption to city residents.
“We’re working closely with Worcestershire County Council and as a result of this collaboration, National Grid will be taking the opportunity to replace their gas pipes in Sansome Walk at the same time, preventing future disruption for everyone in the area,” he added.
“To allow us to complete the work safely we will unfortunately need to close the road, but access will be maintained to residents and businesses in Pierpoint Street from Foregate Street. We’re really sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we’ll do all we can to keep it to minimum. We’d like to thank our customers in Worcester for the patience and understanding they’ve shown throughout this essential piece of work.”