A new look in the pipeline

Replacement pipes under Watersmeet Road
Replacement pipes under Watersmeet Road
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Water mains dating back more than a century to Victorian times are being relined and partially replaced with ultra-modern pipework in the latest phase of a £16.7 million project by Yorkshire Water in Sheffield.

Yorkshire Water is spending £2.7 million refurbishing the 11km of 19th century water pipes at various locations including Watersmeet Road, Rivelin Valley.

To minimise disruption to residents and motorists contractor Balfour Beatty Utilities will be employing no-dig technology to clean and reline pipes wherever possible, though there will still be certain areas where it will be necessary to excavate some sections of pipe to replace sections.

Dave Standish, project manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “We recognise this latest phase of work is likely to cause some disruption but we want to reassure customers we’ll be doing everything we possibly can to complete the work as quickly as possible and return both roads back to normal.”

One of the next areas in line for the roadworks is Crookes Road, in Crookes.

The work is part of a three-year project - which began in October 2008 - to replace, reline or clean 579km of water pipes across the city.

Yorkshire Water has donated £3,000 to local good causes as a thank-you for residents’ patience.