2nd Mar, 2021

Water pipe replacement project passes half-way stage

A PROJECT to replace over 10km of water pipes in Rugby has passed the half way stage, nine months after it began.

Severn Trent is replacing the pipes to provide ‘future resilience to the water supply’ as part of a £1.3million project.

Contractor Forkers, which is completing the work on behalf of the water supplier, has been replacing the pipes around Long Furlong and surrounding roads – and will pause this week for the Christmas break.

Teams will then return in January to complete the final phase of work, as well as installing and funding a new defibrillator for the community.

Severn Trent community officer Shannon Currall said: “Despite all the challenges faced this year, our work to improve the water supply in Rugby is going really well.

“We’ve now nearly laid all the new pipe, replacing the older ones, and once that’s complete we’ll be removing the old network and connections, meaning everyone will soon benefit from the new pipes we’ve put in, as the network will be in the best possible condition.

“When we finish for Christmas, we’ll make sure the road is fully resurfaced and can be used for the two week break, before we return in January to do the final phase of the work.

“As well as replacing the pipes, our teams will also be funding and installing a new defibrillator which we hope will help make a difference within the community, and our way of saying thank you for your patience as we’ve worked on this project.

“We really appreciate the ongoing support we’ve had while we work in Rugby, and we hope everyone has a lovely break for Christmas. We look forward to returning in the new year, and completing this work that will mean a reliable water supply for the area for years to come.”

The water pipe replacement scheme is due to be complete in April 2021.

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