Work to improve tap water quality to 2,000 properties in Sunderland is to begin next week.
Northumbrian Water is investing £2 million to replace 22.5 kilometres of iron water pipes in Ryhope with non-metallic water mains.
The 20 month programme of work will begin on Monday November 26 2012.
The water company will work in two areas of Ryhope before the end of the year, beginning at Rosslyn Avenue before moving on to Mariville East and West, Gurney Street and Arthur Avenue.
Work is planned for 2013 around Leechmere Way, Ryhope Street, Ryhope Street South and Burdon Lane. Customers in these areas will be notified in writing in advance of work beginning in their area.
Brian Hardy, project manager for the scheme, said: “This essential work will ensure that the water supply in this area will be more robust, the likelihood of leakage will be reduced and excellent water quality will be maintained for future generations.”
Wherever possible, “trenchless” technology will be used to install sections of new pipe, avoiding the need to dig up streets in the village. Most of the new pipework will be installed using this method, where old iron pipe is broken up underground and the new pipe is pulled along inside it.
It will be necessary to have temporary traffic lights in place around the working areas as the work progresses. In an effort to keep disruption to a minimum, the water company’s contractor, Fastflow, will take a break in the works over the Christmas period, from Monday December 17 2012 until Monday January 7 2013.
In addition to replacing water mains, metallic communication pipes, which run from the water main to the external boundary of properties, will also be replaced. All communication pipes, regardless whether they are upgraded or not, will need to be transferred onto newly installed water mains.
Northumbrian Water urges residents to be vigilant about letting people into their homes while this work is being carried out. All Northumbrian Water employees carry identity cards and for extra peace of mind an access password can be registered with the utility.
For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.