By David Newble
Saturday, February 23, 2013
MORE than three kilometres of water mains on the Isle of Wight are to be replaced in 2014 as part of a £1.8bn programme to upgrade water supplies in the south east by Southern Water.
The work will replace old iron mains and aims to prevent leaks and bursts, saving water and interruptions to supplies.
Between 2010 and 2015, the company has pledged to replace 256km of water mains across the region.
Senior project manager Steve Jones said: "Many of our water mains were built by the Victorians and some are starting to show their age."
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by Jake Wallace
25th February 2013, at 10:27:25
So the island now accounts for less than 1% of the south east. There's a way to solve this ..pennyfeathers
by Alan Bennett
24th February 2013, at 22:05:46
Ahh so the water company will wait till the PFI have replaced the Forest Road then come along and dig it up?
24th February 2013, at 22:03:50
Scrap value of the old mains pipe will disappear into someones pocket no doubt
by Lee Majors
23rd February 2013, at 20:59:02
Ok, anyone tell me how long 3 kilometres is? It is 1.8 miles. Not that long really so why is this news? So basically next year they will dig up one road which is a bit shorter than Forest Road, and replace the pipes, so one road will be shut for about a week then be lovely and smooth after the work is completed. Sounds superb!!Oh, hang on,,, no,, what they will be doing is this, finding rusty old pipes that are 4 feet long under fresh tarmac that the council have just redone, and digging the road up (especially at junctions) on a Friday afternoon, thereby leaving the traffic lights in place until Monday morning. The work will take about two weeks per 4 feet section, and the roads will be repaired by someone who is more used to making sandcastles, and then it will leak, so dig it up again. This will go on for about 76% of island roads if my maths is correct. Anyone want to bet that I am wrong or shall we just wait and see?
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