Anglian Water has started a £1.3 million investment in its water supply network in west Northamptonshire. The work has been designed to significantly reduce the chance of burst mains in the Upper Boddington area.

Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services for Anglian Water, said: “Since the most recent burst main, last autumn, we’ve been working to understand the root cause of problems in the area.

“As part of our investigations we’ve also been in touch with local residents, the parish council and other stakeholders to ensure the work we are planning will address any concerns they had.

"After a thorough investigation, we’ve designed a solution to dramatically reduce the chances of burst mains or similar issues in future.”

Work began on Monday (2nd February) and will include improvements to a pumping station near to Upper Boddington and helping to ensure the water in the local pipe network is kept at a more consistent pressure, even during peak times.

This type of pressure management system has been proven to reduce bursts and leaks by a quarter and is something the company will be rolling out to the region over the next five years. When this scheme is complete, Upper Boddington will have the latest technology to minimise bursts.

Additionally, some 400 metres of pipe running along Frog Lane will be replaced with a brand new plastic pipe.

Naturally with a scheme of this kind, Frog Lane will need to be closed. The closure will be staggered in 100 metre section at a time for around six weeks while the new pipe is installed.

Paul continued: “We know that this work on our network will cause some disruption but we are acutely aware how important it is to minimise the chances of this happening again. Having spoken to our customers in Upper Boddington on many occasions we are confident they appreciate this and the long term benefit it will bring to the area.

“Frog Lane is a particularly narrow road so a rolling road closure will be in force during the pipe replacement work. We've already written to residents to let them know what’s happening and when. We will be doing everything we can to allow vehicle access to homes in Frog Lane during the work. The footpath will remain open."