Essex & Suffolk Water thanks Hornchurch residents for their patience as £2million two-year overhaul comes to an end
PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:04 05 September 2017
Extensive works to overhaul Hornchurch and Romford’s water supply network over the last two years are now entering their final phase.
Essex & Suffolk Water has invested £2 million to improve the drinking water supply network to 1,965 homes by installing an estimated 7km of new pipes in two phases.
Now, the current programme of works has entered its final street in Hornchurch, with around 255 metres of new piping installed last week alone.
Daren Still, Essex & Suffolk Water project manager, said: “The pipes we are replacing will help to ensure there is a robust water supply network in the local area for many years to come.
“The cast iron pipes are around 60 years old and in need of replacement due to corrosion from the London clay soil.
“This upgrade work will help to reduce interruptions to supply for our customers and make sure we have secure and reliable supplies of water.
“We will be using trenchless techniques where possible, to ensure disruption is reduced to an absolute minimum.”
Havering Council worked closely with the company in attempts to ensure disruption to residents was as slight as possible, and Mr Still also thanked Hornchurch residents for their patience while the works were underway.
He said: “I’d like to thank the communities and customers for their cooperation while we carry out this vital work and apologise for any disruption, and also the highways department at the London Borough of Havering for their assistance and co-operation in helping to complete this work.”
The works in Hornchurch are part of the water company’s multimillion pound investment programme into the water infrastructure in the region.
Essex & Suffolk Water plans to invest an average of £45 million on essential improvements each year from 2015 to 2020 – a total of £225 million over the five years.
Further updates on the progress of the works can be found on the Essex & Suffolk Water website: www.eswater.co.uk and through Twitter @eswater_care.
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