Anglian Water is investing £1.2million to wage a war on leaks from water pipes in Claydon near Ipswich. 

The scheme will replace over 3,000m of water pipe in and around the city –equivalent to the length of more than 31 football pitches, or twice the length of the nearby Norwich airport runway.

Regan Harris, an Anglian Water spokesperson, explained: "Ipswich is one of the largest cities in our region and we are investing heavily to further improve the service we provide to our customers. To replace over 3000m of water pipe is no mean feat. This scheme is the latest in our programme of works to wage a war on leakage in order to keep customer costs down.

"Between 2015 and the end of the decade we will have invested more than £435 million across Suffolk alone, and at the same time still managed to keep bills low at just and average of £1.15 per day for all water and sewerage for the family. We plough money into the local area to improve services that we all rely on and often take for granted, like clean, safe water at the turn of a tap. In this case laying the brand new pipes in Claydon will mean fewer leaks and a lower risk of customers being off water because of a burst.”

Work begins today (27 February), taking place Monday to Friday between 8.30am-5pm, and will be completed in June.

In order to carry out the work, some road closures will need to be put in place, however the local bus service will continue uninterrupted. Access to the quarry will also remain open.

Norwich Road will be closed from the junction where the A140 heads towards Church Lane, Barham. A diversion will be put in place to direct traffic via the A14. The diversion will be in place for 15 weeks starting next Monday (27th).

Regan continued: “This is a big scheme that has been drawn up and agreed with the Council’s Highway team to allow us to do our work whilst causing as little disruption as possible to road users, local residents and businesses. Our teams will be working hard to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

“We know road closures are disruptive and we’re sorry for this, but they are needed to ensure the safety of our employees and local residents while we’re working, and we hope the benefit of the scheme will outweigh any inconvenience caused. We will provide plenty of notice before roads are closed, and access for residents and emergency services will be available at all times.”