Brand new water pipes to reduce bursts in Matlock

This week, we've started work to replace over half a kilometre of water pipes in Lea Bridge, Matlock. The area’s water pipes have grown old, making them prone to leaks and bursts, and to make sure our customers’ taps and toilets keep working, we're investing over £100,000 to replace them.

Lisa Orme, Community Officer, explains: “As water pipes get old, they can grow weaker, leading them to crack or burst.  We want to make sure our customers’ water
supply is always there when they need it, and that’s why we’re investing a huge amount of money to lay brand new water pipes in this area.  When pipes do burst, it’s an emergency job
and we have to just get on and fix them, which is often disruptive for the local community.  We’re going to be replacing the old, brittle, metal pipes with new plastic pipes that are much
more reliable, and the work will be planned in a way that gives the local community the least amount of inconvenience.  Then when the work is done, the area will have a modern, reliable water network that will last for generations.”

Lisa continues: “Work has already started on Nightingale Close, and will then move onto Lea Road.  We appreciate that any work in the roads can cause disruption, however, to keep both our workers and the local community safe, we will need to use traffic lights on Lea Road while we’re doing the job.  Our teams will work until December 21st, and will then break up for Christmas to make sure we’re not in the way of the festive season.  Work will then start again on January 6th 2020.

“We’d encourage people to raise any concerns if they feel they’re being affected by our work - we’ll be happy to help with any questions or listen to suggestions.  We’ve written to residents and businesses near to the work to explain what we’re doing and why, with contact details for the team if anyone has any questions.”