Water firm taps into plastic pipes

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A £2.5m project by Yorkshire Water to reduce the number of bursts on water pipes in Bradford and Keighley is about to get start.

The work is being carried out by contractors Morrison Utility Services. Almost eight miles of underground cast iron water pipe, some of which is almost 100 years old, will be replaced with plastic.

Beginning in Bierley on Monday, the phased replacement work will affect more than a dozen areas, including Tyersal and Bingley, over the next four months.

Yorkshire Water said the work will focus on some of the smallest and oldest mains in these areas as these typically have the most bursts and therefore affect customer supplies most seriously.

Project manager Ian Johnson, said: “This project highlights our commitment to reducing bursts and leakage in Bradford and Keighley and to improving the reliability of water supplies to our customers in the area. Of course, we recognise that any work on such a major level is always likely to cause some disruption to road users.”

The project is part of the firm’s £39m investment to improve the resilience of its 32,000km network of water pipes during winter weather.