Mains improvement will reduce leakage

The programme of work will help reduce leakage and prevent damaging bursts which can lead to cuts in water supplies to customers.

At the beginning of August work will start in New Romney in Church Approach and Church Lane and in Folkestone in Woodfield Avenue and Woodfield Close.Other schemes will then follow at School Road in Acrise, at Belsey Lane in Ewell Minnis, at Cherry Garden Lane and Cherry Garden Avenue in Folkestone and at Blenheim Road in Littlestone.

Veolia Water Southeast Pipelines Manager SteveMcIntegart said the rolling mains replacement programme was needed to ensure long term security of supply.

He said: "We are constantly monitoring and reviewing our extensive network of pipes and identify mains where bursts could occur. Sometimes these are older pipes and sometimes they are pipes in areas where the ground conditions lead to the degrading of mains relatively quickly.

"We aim to take preventative actions before problems occur and this helps us continue to drive down our leakage figures."

Short interruptions in supply may be needed to complete mains renewal work as customers are connected to the new pipes.Customers affected will receive advance notification by letter.

Traffic management with temporary lights or stop and go boards will be needed for some schemes and diversions for others, with notice of the schemes given well in advance.

SteveMcIntegart added: "We will complete works soon as possible and aim to keep any inconvenience to the minimum."

The mains renewal schemes are part of a £34.5m investment programme that Veolia Water is undertaking in the Folkestone and Dover area in the five years to 2015.

For enquiries on the work contact the Veolia Water Southeast customer helpline on 0845 888 5 888 or see details on the company website www.veoliawater.co.uk/southeast.

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Notes to editors:

1.Veolia Water supplies 44 million litres of water each day in South and East Kent to a population of more than 158,000 people.

2. Veolia Water is the world's leading operator of water and wastewater services, providing integrated sustainable solutions for all aspects of the water cycle, from the provision of customer services, drinking water and wastewater treatment, to bespoke design solutions for commerce and industry. As the water experts, we understand how to manage the water cycle and can meet the challenges associated with the provision and reuse of water. Our commitment is to providing a first class quality of service to our customers, which is environmentally sustainable and maximises efficiencies through the application of our technological know how and expertise.For more information, visit

www.veoliawater.co.uk/southeast