Anglian Water is investing £910,000 to install 2.4kilometres of new water main in Pettaugh, Ipswich to supplement the existing supply; ensuring current pressures are maintained as demand grows in the area.
The work, which is expected to commence on Monday 5 August, will see the size of the water main upgraded, helping to reduce the likelihood of burst mains in the future, ensuring a more resilient water network for many years to come.
Installation will begin at the junction of Ipswich Way and the A1120 Church Road in Pettaugh, before moving along Ipswich Way/Debenham Road towards Stone Street in Crowfield and is expected to be completed by the end of November.
David Hartley, Anglian Water spokesperson, said: “Operating in one of the fastest growing areas in the UK, this scheme will help to support future growth and ensure that the current water network is maintained amid periods of higher demand.
“A large portion of our works will be completed in neighbouring fields to minimise disruption for residents.
“The communities we work in are important to us and we understand the impact we can have. To minimise our time onsite, we have challenged the way we usually do things and we will be trialling a new pipe testing process above ground before we move it into the trench in the road, this should considerably reduce the amount of time we are in the carriageway sections. To do this, we will have a second, smaller working area outside of our closure, likely to be within the field areas. This area may move as we progress, but we will keep traffic flowing with the use of give and take boards.
“This is just another example of our commitment to make sure that our network is ready to meet the demands of a growing population. This year alone, we’re spending £33million on schemes exactly like this one across the East of England to refurbish and renew parts of our extensive 37,000km network.”
Teams will be onsite from 7.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, with occasional weekend work to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. If customers have any queries, they can contact our customer service team on 03457 145 145 or visit anglianwater.co.uk/yourarea for the latest information on this work.