Severn Trent to spend £1.3m on fixing dodgy pipes to prevent water leaks
SEVERN Trent has pledged to spend more than £1.3 million to renew and replace pipes that it says will improve water supplies across Derbyshire.
The company says the work in the Ambergate area will improve the "security" of supplies.
It is in response to a number of burst water pipes, which affected homes in Belper, Ripley, Swanwick, Alfreton and Somercotes last year.
By improving connections in the network, Severn Trent says that, in the event of a burst, supplies could be rerouted to make sure customers always receive water.
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The work will primarily be carried out in fields close to Sawmills off the A610 and the A6.
Programme manager Nigel McGuinness said: "We are making plans to prevent Derbyshire residents being further affected by bursts.
"When complete, the planned work will increase the security of water supply to around 45,000 homes in the area."
Severn Trent said it was also reviewing plans for the use of Chadwick Nick, a covered reservoir in Crich.
The company is planning to take the reservoir "out of active service".
Chadwick Nick has been in use since 1903.
Severn Trent said the time scale for work on the reservoir was still being finalised.
But if the company is able to begin in July, work could be completed early next year.
The company is also spending £30 million refurbishing the Ambergate reservoir, above Bullbridge and Fritchley.
Mr McGuinnsess said: "We recognise that the local community – in particular members of Amber Valley Borough Council and Crich Parish Council – have been understanding while we have worked on plans for the Ambergate reservoir."