Plans in the pipeline for multi-million pound water main upgrade

Posted: Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Plans are being finalised to install a new £6 million water main which will help secure future tap water supplies to parts of the Maidstone, Larkfield, Ditton, Leybourne and Aylesford areas.

South East Water’s old pipeline which pumps water from a treatment works near Burham to residents currently lies within Burham Marshes and has burst nine times in four years.

Chris Love, Delivery Manager at South East Water, said: “I’m sure that our customers, like us, don’t like seeing water being wasted which is why it’s essential we replace this old water main.

“Not only is there disruption to the local community when this pipeline bursts, but due to its location in marshland it is extremely difficult to access and repair.

“We have spent a long time looking at where we can install a replacement water main which can be easily reached if needed in the future.”

The route the water company has devised for the new pipeline is seven kilometres in length and passes through Leybourne Lakes Country Park, Mill Hall Road and Station Road in Ditton as well as in private roads and footpaths.

The first stage of work to install this water main is expected to start in September within Leybourne Lakes Country Park with the pipeline installation here taking approximately six months to complete.

Phil Outram, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Head Ranger for Leybourne Lakes Country Park, said: “We have been working extremely closely with South East Water for over a year now to ensure their work in Leybourne Lakes Country Park has as little effect on the wildlife, habitats and the public as possible.

“By carrying out this work in the winter months impact on local wildlife and the park’s amenities will be minimised.”

Chris continued: “Once the first two kilometres of water main has been laid in Leybourne Lakes Country Park work will continue to install the remaining five kilometres of pipeline.”

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