Meppershall pipeline

We are building a new 9km water pipeline between Flitton and Meppershall.


Click here to see a map of the route


The new 9km pipeline, known as the Meppershall pipeline, will connect into our existing water network. It will allow us to bring in water from other areas, which is better for the environment. 
It will also reduce the number of homes and businesses relying on a single water supply. 
The pipeline is just one part of an interconnected network of pipes we are constructing across the region, as set out in our Water Resources Management Plan. 


What is happening now?


We are currently carrying out ground investigation work including archaeological surveys and ecological monitoring.

Ground investigation is where we investigate the ground by making some holes, by digging or drilling, so we can see the conditions below the surface. It is the best way to understand a site to see if the conditions are suitable for a pipeline.

It will be followed, subject to agreement with the council planning department, by pre-construction and enabling works, such as setting up compounds, protecting wildlife and limited removal of hedgerows.

We are sharing our planned route with you, which you can view on the link above, before we finalise our planning discussions with Central Bedfordshire Council.

You can view our planning application here.



We aim to start construction in spring or summer of 2022, and to complete our work in late 2022. The exact start date will depend on many factors, including the weather. 
Once construction gets underway, we will work hard to keep its impact to a minimum. 


We're always looking at better, innovative and more efficient, ways to deliver our work and minimise the impact on landowners and communities.


We will use trenchless techniques - where we push the pipe through the ground - where it crosses main roads and railways.  
If you would like to contact us about the pipeline, or have any questions or queries about our planned work, please email  


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)