DRILLING MACHINE SECURES WATER SUPPLIES - 24/11/2016

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Sutton and East Surrey Water -

A drilling machine will be getting to work from next month to replace a water main that was laid over 40 years ago and secure customers’ water supplies.

The specialist machine will be used by Sutton and East Surrey Water to replace an old water main Cowden Pound Road, Mark Beech.

The £150,000 scheme will see 1.2km of old water main - laid in 1974 – replaced with a new, tougher plastic pipe that is less prone to bursts and leaks.

Work will start during the week commencing 5th December 2016 and, apart from breaking over the Christmas and New Year period, will continue until April 2017 which is when the overall project is due for completion.

Chris Burnup, Civil Engineer at Sutton and East Surrey Water, said: “The existing water main has done a good job transporting thousands of litres of top quality water every day.

“However, it is now reaching the end of its working life and becoming more susceptible to bursts. Each time this happens it causes emergency repairs, interruptions to customers’ water supplies and the loss of what is a precious and finite resource.

“This important project will make sure both existing and future customers in this part of Mark Beech continue to receive a reliable supply of top quality drinking water.”

Due to the need to work in the road, Cowden Pound Road will be closed to through traffic to residents, motorists and the workforce safe.

Chris added: “These traffic management arrangements are being finalised with Surrey Highways but we will make sure that customers can always access their properties.”

More information on the scheme can be found on the Sutton and East Surrey Water website at www.waterplc.com/MarkBeech.

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