Major project to upgrade water pipes in Derby begins this week

Wednesday 31st July 2019

Water company Severn Trent is hosting a community drop-in session for residents in Derby, where they can hear about plans for a major network improvement scheme beginning this week.

The £11 million investment to replace old water pipes with brand new ones in the Cavendish and Pear Tree area of the city will start on Harrington Street this week, with a temporary road closure put in place for approximately five weeks.

The eight month project will see engineers move onto Rutland Street, Havelock Road, Brunswick Street, Vincent Street, Stenson Road, St Thomas Road, Cambridge Street, Dairyhouse Road, Middleton Street, Walbrook Road, Upperdale Road, Portland Street and Derby Lane. To keep teams, pedestrians and other motorists safe, a combination of temporary traffic lights and road closures will be put in place, during each new phase of the project.

Helen Purdy from Severn Trent, explains: “As water pipes get old, they can become weaker and crack, making them prone to leaks and bursts.  We want to make sure our customers’ water supply in the area is always there when they need it, now and for generations to come, which is why we’re laying brand new water pipes in Derby. 

“We understand the disruption this will cause, which is why we’re hosting a drop-in session next week, so we can update residents, show them our plans and answer any questions they may have.”

Helen added: “Once all of the work is complete, the area will have a modern water network that will provide wonderful water for many years to come.”

The team from Severn Trent will be at the Indian Community Centre, Rawdon Street, Derby DE23 6QR on Wednesday 7 August 2019 at 4.00pm to 7.00pm.