Work starts on new water pipes for Market Harborough

Market Harborough is set to get brand new water pipes as part of our £13.5m investment in Leicestershire.

Lisa Orme, from our community team, explains: “We all know that there have been a lot of burst pipes in Market Harborough lately, so we’re now starting work to replace the old leaky pipes to make sure that customers always have wonderful water when they want to have a cup of tea or a long hot shower.  We’re investing £2million to not only replace 5km of old water pipes with brand new ones, but also to install a huge new pipe that will bring water across the town.  This new pipe is to make sure that our network is fit for the future and can cope with the demands from the development that a growing town brings.”

The work starts next week (10 April) on Rockingham Road and later on this month on Kettering Road.  Traffic lights will be used at times during the work at various places to keep the traffic flowing and also to keep local people and workers safe.  The work will end on Great Bowden Road and the aim is to have all of the work in this area complete by the end of September 2019.  However there will follow more work in other parts of the town that will go on until early 2020.

Lisa continued: “We know when we carry out work that it can be disruptive to our customers, and we’re always checking to make sure we’re working in the least troublesome way.  We recently held a drop in session for local people to talk to us about the work, and we’d like to thank everyone for their input – it’s really valuable and we will take it into account.

“We really appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as our investment into improving the water pipes starts in Market Harborough, and across Leicestershire – we know that there will inevitably be some disruption to the local area and we apologise for this in advance.  We really will do everything we can to get the work done as quickly and efficiently as we can.  And when we’ve fully finished the project, the area will benefit from miles of new water pipes that will bring wonderful water to the community for years to come.”