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Water pipes work still in full flow

Worcester Editorial 18th Oct, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WATER bosses have urged residents to remain patient as work to replace hundreds of metres of water pipes in the Arboretum continues in full flow.

The £1million scheme, which got underway in July, has seen a number of roads dug up as workers at Severn Trent Water attempt to prevent burst pipes and water supply interruptions in the city.

The Arboretum Road area has recorded 24 bursts in the last three years and Severn Trent Water, which are leading the project, believe residents are already benefiting following the installation of more than 600 metres of new pipes.

But with almost three miles of pipes still to put in place in less than 12 months, Jonathan Tait,  programme manager at the water company, insisted there was plenty of work to be carried out.

“We’re pleased with our progress so far, but there is more to be done,” he said. “We’re currently working on Barry Street, The Moors and Wood Terrace – all of which are progressing on schedule and due for completion by the end of October.

“We’ll then be moving into Britannia Square and Northfield Street and we expect all of the new pipes to be in place by summer 2014.”

Mr Tait added: “Our thanks go to the local residents, Worcester City Council and businesses as well as those using the roads in the area for their patience and cooperation while work continues.

“Although we’re not working on any major traffic routes, we’re installing new water pipes on very narrow residential roads, so we’re mindful of the potential to cause disruption.

“The essential improvements will continue to be carried out under temporary road closures with access homes provided at all times.”

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