A £800,000 scheme to replace over 11 kilometres of Boston’s water mains is set to begin next week (6th October).

The project, by Anglian Water is set to take until spring to complete and will see the existing concrete cement water mains replaced with newer, stronger plastic pipes in the north west area of the town.

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “In recent years burst water mains have become more common in this part of our network. So, by acting now to replace these pipes we hope to to reduce the chances of bursts affecting customers’ supplies in the future.

“Inevitably, with work of this scale there will be some disruption to residents and road users and we’re sorry for that. We’ve planned the work carefully to try minimise the impact on customers and where possible we will be using ‘no dig’ technologies to keep roads open.

“However, in some areas, to complete this work as quickly and safely as possible we will need to close roads to through traffic.”

Castle Dyke Bank will be closed between 6th October and 4th November, with traffic diverted along Haven Bank. Mere Booth Road and Frith Bank will both be closed between 8th October and March 2015, alternative routes will be clearly signposted.

“At certain points during this project some customers’ water supplies may be interrupted,” continued Antony. “In each of these instances we will contact residents in advance to let them when and how they might be affected.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience and disruption this work will cause. However the long term benefits of replacing this part of our network will far outweigh the negatives.”