Work to install new water pipes in Melton Road, Oakham, completed in half the time

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Severn Trent has completed work to replace 150m of water pipes in Oakham in half the time that was planned.

The company has invested over £170,000 in the new pipes to make sure its customers’ water supply in the area is always there when they need it. The new pipes will also help solve an occasional issue with discoloured water in the area.

Sarah-Jayne O’Kane, from Severn Trent, said: “In Melton Road, the water pipes were made of old unlined cast iron that can cause water discoloration. As we’d been having some issues in the area, we decided to invest to replace the old pipes with new to give our customers a much better water supply.”

The work began on April 4 and was planned to take six weeks to complete. However, due to contractor partner Laing O’Rourke working seven days a week, the work was finished on Friday, after only three weeks.

Sarah-Jayne said: “We’d like to thank the people of Oakham for their patience while we carried out this important work. We knew that working on Melton Road, right in the middle of town, would cause disruption but everyone was really helpful and supportive. Now that the work is complete, the area has a modern water network that will last for many years to come.”

Gary Toogood, from the highways department of Rutland County Council, added: “Melton Road is part of the main route through Oakham Town Centre and located next to a busy level crossing. The scale and duration of these works and the fact that traffic restrictions were also in place on other nearby sections of highway meant this was a very complex operation. Despite all these factors the work took place without incident and was completed on time. The site was kept clear and tidy throughout and reinstatements were well executed. The council did not receive a single complaint from members of the public in relation to these works, while the level of communication and cooperation from Severn Trent meant the whole job was carried out safely and with minimum disruption for residents.”