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Pain and gain as road closures will lead to improved water supplies in north Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 10:31 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:31 26 September 2017

Road closures will be put in place while a water works scheme takes place

Road closures will be put in place while a water works scheme takes place


Essex & Suffolk Water is investing £290,000 to improve the drinking water supply network in the Wissett area, by installing around 2.8km of new pipes.

The installation will be carried out using a technique known as directional drilling, which will ensure any disruption is reduced to a minimum.

It will be carried out in two phases – the first from October 9 to December 15, and the second phase from January 2 to February 6.

A road closure will be in place throughout the first phase of the scheme on The Street from its junction with Lodge Lane, and Grays Lane will also be closed where it meets The Street.

In addition a closure will also be in place on a section of Rumburgh Road, and on Chediston Road where it meets Rumburgh Road. Diversion routes will be in place using The Street, Grub Lane, A144, Chediston Green, Lodge Lane and Red House Lane.

During the work there may be times when water supplies to properties on The Street are interrupted for a period of up to three hours. Residents will be given at least 48 hours’ notice when this is due to place.

Daren Still, project manager for Essex & Suffolk Water, said: “This project is part of our multi-million pound investment programme into the water infrastructure in the region. This upgrade work will help to reduce interruptions to supply for our customers and make sure we have secure and reliable supplies of water in future.

“I’d like to apologise in advance for any disruption caused and to thank communities and our customers for the co-operation while we carry out this vital work.”

Essex & Suffolk Water will on average invest £45 million on essential improvements each year from 2015 to 2020 – a total of £225 million over the five years.

Further updates on the progress of the works will be available on the Essex & Suffolk Water website and Twitter @eswater_care.

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