Installing new water pipes in Witham St Hughs and Swinderby
The Anglian Water region is one of the driest and fastest growing in the UK. By 2025 we expect to serve 3.3million households, with over 200,000 new homes connecting to our sewer network; about 180,000 to our water network. To enable this growth, we must invest in many projects across our region, to enhance capacity in our sewer network and to provide water pipes for new homes.
One of these planned projects is to install 2.4km of new water pipes in Witham St. Hughs. This vital work will ensure that thousands of customers can continue to use their taps and flush their toilets without a second thought.
We are planning to start work in January 2021 and hope to be finished by the end of June 2021.
Why are you doing this work?
East Anglia is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, and by 2031, household numbers are predicted to increase by 34%. This means that we need to invest in schemes across our region to meet this increasing demand.
This project will enable us to supply water to residents of new developments planned adjacent to A46, while maintaining water pressures to our existing customers in the area. If we did not undertake this work, thousands of customers could suffer low water pressure and possible interruptions to supply in the future.
What does this work involve?
To reduce the overall impact to the local community we will be working on two fronts to install the new water pipes; minimise our time on site. We have planned as much of our work as possible to take place in fields but unfortunately, a large percentage of our pipeline will need to be installed in the road. Our work will begin on Eagle Road installing the new water pipe and making a connection into the existing network. Once complete, we will continue along Eagle Road, crossing Moor Lane and green Lane, and continuing along Halfway House Lane until we reach the A46. Simultaneously we will be working along Camp Road using temporary traffic lights, starting approx. 200m north of the junction of Electric Ave until we reach our final connection point 60m north of the roundabout with Warren Lane. We will use a directional drilling technique to install the pipe underneath the A46; avoiding any disruption to the busy highway.
Our normal working hours will be between 07:30 – 18:30.
To reduce the overall impact to the local community we will have two site teams working at the same time installing our new pipe within the Road Closures and on Camp Road to minimise our time on site and disruption to the community.
Will my water supply be affected?
There may be an impact to your water supply during this work, if needed it will be for no longer than 3 hours and you will be notified beforehand.
What will I see and/ or hear?
As our site teams will be working in the roads, residents will see and hear them working. This will be general construction noise and will be quite loud during certain activities, such as when we break out the road surface. Our working areas will be safely segregated using a barrier system.
We will work in 1-200metre sections, setting up a safety zone, excavating, installing and connecting the new pipe and then backfilling and reinstating.
Our site team will do everything they can to keep disruption to a minimum.
Will you need to shut any roads?
To ensure the safety of our workforce and the public the following traffic management is required:
Yes – access will be maintained for residents, visitors and the emergency services throughout our work.
For residents and businesses affected by one of our road closures, access will always be maintained from one end of the closure or the other. There may be occasions where you must wait short periods whilst the team makes it safe to access.
Will footpaths stay open?
When we are working in the estate, we will always keep one side of the footpath open. Please take care when passing our work.
If you have any queries about this work, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can contact our 24/7 customer services helpline on 03457 145 145 and quote the reference 57397532.
Do you or someone you know need extra support?
Our free Priority Service is available to households that need additional practical support. Tell us what you need. Or let us know about elderly or vulnerable relatives or friends living in our region who may need some help. Please call us on 03457 145 145 for more information on our Priority Service or find out more here.
Our teams are following the latest Government advice regarding social distancing. As key workers we are continuing to work hard providing one of life’s essential services - keeping taps flowing, toilets flushing, and drains draining. If you’re self-isolating, our teams will take the necessary precautions if we do need to visit you. Our priority is always to keep both you and our colleagues safe. If you want further information on the steps we’re taking, please click here If you’re in one of the high-risk groups identified by the Government as having a medical condition that makes you especially vulnerable to Coronavirus, we’d urge you to sign up to our Priority Services Register by visiting www.anglianwater.co.uk/myacount or www.anglianwater.co.uk/watercare so we can support you in the best way.