Friday, March 25, 2011

Water work in one UK project will save 1.5 million litres of water a day

Luke Walsh in More than 1.5 million litres of water will be saved every day through pipe replacement work in Reading. According to Thames Water the £2.7million project to replace ageing water mains will save enough water every two days to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool.

The company said last night (March 23) work was progressing well in the scheme to replace seven kilometres of ancient cast-iron pipe with plastic. Directional drilling is also being used, which sees engineers dig a hole at each end and send a drilling-machine from one to the other, slotting the new pipe as it goes to minimise disruption.

Reading East MP, Rob Wilson, said: "We have been keeping a close eye on Thames Water to make sure its work is carried out with the least impact as possible on residents and road-users. The investment going in is very important and the engineers on site are getting on with the job and getting it done as quick as they can."…

A generic concrete water pipe, shot by Bidgee, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

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