Tap with water drop coming out

Lead water pipes which serve over 2,000 homes in Peterborough are to be removed and replaced at a cost of £1.7 million pounds.

Work starts this month and will target 44 streets in and around the St Paul’s Road, Dogsthorpe Road, Alexandra Road and Park Crescent areas of the town. The entire project is expected to take until December 2014 to complete.

Toni Holtby, Water Quality Strategy Manager for Anglian Water, said: “We’re targeting Peterborough because it has a high number of older properties which are served by lead pipes.

“Where lead is found in tap water, it usually comes from old lead pipework connecting the property to the water main or in the internal plumbing. In Peterborough we are now replacing large amounts of that old pipework with plastic pipes as part of our continual programme of investment in improving water quality.

She added: “With work on this scale there will inevitably be some disruption. We are working closely with Peterborough City Council to keep this to a minimum and there are currently no plans to close roads as part of this replacement work.

“We will keep people informed throughout the work and there will be public drop in sessions in the near future.”

The work only covers those pipes, known as communications pipes, which are owned by Anglian Water and which connect the water mains to people’s private service pipes.

The service pipes, which run from the building to its boundary with the street, are the responsibility of the property owner.

Toni Holtby said: “It is likely that if our communications pipe is lead then the customer’s service pipes will be too.

“The surest way to prevent lead getting into your drinking water is to replace all lead pipework; however you can take steps to reduce the amount of lead levels at your tap.”

People can get more information here or by calling the lead advice line on 0845 070 3445.