We're investing £42,000 in brand new pipes for Ripley as part of £700,000 programme across Derbyshire

Next week, we'll start work on a £42,000 programme to install brand new water pipes in Ripley. The work is part of a £734,000 network resilience programme across Derbyshire.  Some key water pipes in the Ripley area are growing old, making them more prone to leaks and bursts, and we are making this investment to make sure our customers’ taps and toilets keep working. 

Helen Purdy, community communications officer, explains: “As water pipes get old, they can grow weaker which means there’s a higher risk they could crack or burst.  We want to make sure our customers’ water supply is always there when they need it, that’s why we’re investing a huge amount of money to lay brand new water pipes in both Ripley and the wider region.

“We’ll be installing new sections of pipe at key locations so that if things do go wrong in future, we’ll be able to move water around the area and so keep water supplies on much more easily for over 1,700 customers.

“We appreciate that any work in the roads can cause inconvenience, and we’ve worked hard to plan this job so that we can do the work with the least amount of disruption possible. 
Work will start next week on Sandham Lane and then move onto Kenilworth Avenue.  The whole thing should take no more than three weeks to complete, so it’s a really quick job and we’re doing it now to avoid getting in the way when the schools go back in September. 

“As ever, 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, and to give them contact details for the team for if they have any questions.”

"We know this work may cause some disruption to the local community, and we can only apologise for that.  But once all of the work is complete, the area will have a modern, reliable and resilient water network that will last for generations.”