Barnsley residents are to receive a boost to their drinking water quality thanks to a massive project by Yorkshire Water to replace 420 metres of ageing water pipe.
From Monday 26 November, engineering specialists Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions, will begin work on behalf of Yorkshire Water to replace almost half a kilometer of pipe which is over half a century old.
Over time, the pipe has weakened with age and as a result a number of bursts have occurred on it, causing disruption to water supplies and road users.
This ten week project to replace the iron piping under Dodworth Green Road, between the junctions of High Street and Ratten Row, with new plastic versions, will not only improve water quality, but also boost the robustness of a section of pipe which was previously burst-prone.
Craig Jackson, Yorkshire Water project manager, comments: "This important work underlines our commitment to constantly improving drinking water quality and increasing the robustness of our huge underground network of pipes.
"Obviously with any project of this magnitude, there's always likely to be some disruption. However, we want to reassure local residents and road users that we'll be doing everything we can to minimise any disruption and complete the project as quickly as possible.
"Whilst a road closure would often be required for a project of this size, we've worked hard to keep the road open, with just temporary traffic lights in place to help ensure the safety of the on-site team and road users whilst we're working."
Local customers have been notified around the work, and the team will continue to liaise closely with all the relevant parties until the project is successfully concluded.
Should any customers have any further queries regarding this scheme, they can contact Craig Jackson on 0844 8481096 (Monday to Thursday 8am-5.30pm and 8am-5pm on Fridays)