Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thames Water begins pipe replacement project near Olympic Park

Carys Matthews in Thames Water is replacing century-old pipes near the Olympic Park in a bid to reduce leaks and bursts. The £630,000 project in Waltham Forest, London started last weekend (13 August) and will see the water company lay 1.8km of robust plastic piping in place of 100-year-old cast iron pipes.

As part of the project, which is expected to take around four months, pipes in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, will initially be replaced before work can be done in other areas. According to Thames Water, the plastic pipes will significantly reduce the volume of water that is lost through leaks and help to avoid future disruption to services.

Thames Water's head of capital delivery, Lawrence Gosden, said: "The pipe we are replacing is old and leaky. Not only does this waste water, it also inconveniences people when we have to dig up the road and do repairs.

"While we apologise for the inevitable disruption work of this nature causes, replacing old and leaking mains is essential as our water resources come under increasing pressure from climate change and population growth."...

Construction in 2009 at what will be London's Olunder the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licenseympic Park, shot by Damien Everett, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr,

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