South East Water has completed the first phase of a project to install more than three kilometres of water main in Sevenoaks, securing water supplies for the growing population for years to come.
The company, which undertook extensive public and stakeholder consultation during 2018 and 2019 to determine the route for the new £2.8 million pipeline, began laying the new water main in the Hollybush area and along the Tonbridge Road, A225 in June and completed last month.
Without the new main, Sevenoaks’ residents would experience low tap water pressure or no water during times of peak demand within the next 10 years.
The company will return to Sevenoaks to install the remaining 2.5 kilometres of pipe through Knole Park in spring of next year.
Matthew Cooper, Project Manager for South East Water, said: “Due to the hard work of the teams on site I am delighted that the first phase of work to lay the new pipe completed on time.
“This new main is crucial to the residents of Sevenoaks and it forms a major part of our £6.3 million investment into the town’s water supply.
“I’d also like to thank motorists, pedestrians and the residents for their patience while we installed the first sections of the new main.
“Next year we will be returning to Knole Park to begin our second phase of work which will take about four months to complete.
“Our plans for this project can be found on our dedicated web page at corporate.southeastwater.co.uk/Sevenoaks.”
This scheme follows on from the company’s £3.5 million scheme to build a new drinking water storage tank on Tonbridge Road which will hold up to five million litres of clean, fresh drinking water at any one time. This project is expected to complete later this month.
Both projects form part of the company’s £433 million investment in improving its customers’ water supplies between 2020 and 2025.