Work begins on £300,000 project to lay a mile of new water pipes in Hazelwood

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Work is underway on a £300,000 project to help ensure the water keeps flowing in a Derbyshire village.

Severn Trent has begun laying more than a mile of brand new water pipes in Hazelwood, near Belper.

The first stage of the scheme is taking place on Over Lane, with the road closed to enable the work to be carried out safely.

Work on the project is expected to be completed by the end of January 2016.

John Springett, from Severn Trent, said the £300,000 investment would ensure customers’ taps and toilets keep working.

He said: “As water pipes get old, they can become weaker, making them prone to leaks and bursts.

“We want to make sure our customers’ water supply is always there when they need it, that’s why we’re laying the brand new water pipes, which should be completed by the end of January.

“We’ve started laying the new pipes in Over Lane and in order to carry out this work safely we’ve had to close the road.

“We appreciate this may cause some disruption to the local area, but we’ll try and allow as much vehicle access as possible for residents and businesses.

“Pedestrians will be able to use the pavements; however there may be short periods during the working day, when we have to ask them to wait for the site team to finish working, to allow them to pass.”

Severn Trent has apologised for any inconvenience the work would cause to local residents.

“It’s really important to make sure that water supplies for our customers are reliable going forward,” Mr Springett added.

“We’ll do all we can to help minimise disruption and keep everyone affected up to date with progress.

“We’d like to ask the local community for their patience while we put the new pipes in place.

“But once all of the work is complete, the area will have a modern water network that will last for many years to come.”