Anglian Water has begun the installation of a brand new water main in the Hanslope and Gayhurst area of Milton Keynes, last Monday (10 June).
The new pipe scheme, a result of £600,000 investment by the region's water company, will reinforce the existing water network to ensure a resilient water supply for the future, keeping taps running for years to come.
The work will see almost 2km worth of water main installed in and around the Hanslope and Gayhurst area. Work will also take place in neighbouring fields before joining the existing network at points along Newport Road and Newport Way. A section of installation work will also take place on Castlethorpe Road between Western Drive and Cuckoo Hill Rise.
David Hartley, Anglian Water spokesperson, said: "Operating in one of the fastest growing areas in the UK, this scheme in Hanslope will support future growth, enabling us to pump a higher volume of water into the network; ensuring we can maintain the current water pressure as the population in the area grows.
"Hanslope is just another example of our commitment to making sure that our network is fit to meet the demands of a growing population. This year alone, we're spending £33 million on schemes exactly like this one to refurbish and renew parts of our extensive 37,000km network.
"A large portion of our works will be completed in neighbouring fields in order to minimise disruption for local residents, and we're confident that these works are the best course of action for the future of the area, and for our network."
The work is expected to last for three months, finishing by the end of August. Traffic management will be used in the area on Castlethorpe Road, Newport Road, Newport Way and the section of road between Gayhurst and Tathall End. However, access for residents and the emergency services will be maintained at all times.
Work to connect the new pipe to the existing water network will take place overnight to avoid any disruption to customer's supply. However, any customers who may be affected will be notified of this work in advance.
Further information can also be found on the Anglian Water “In Your Area” website at www.anglianwater.co.uk/yourarea.