A water company is to begin work laying a new three kilometre long water main in Sevenoaks, boosting its current investment in the town’s water supply by a further £2.8 million.

South East Water’s new pipeline will improve and secure tap water supplies in Sevenoaks for decades to come.

The company, which undertook extensive public and stakeholder consultation during 2018 and 2019 to determine the route for the pipeline, will begin construction on 29 June and it’s expected to take approximately 11 weeks to complete.

This project follows on from the company’s £3.5 million scheme to increase the size of its storage reservoir on Tonbridge Road to hold up to five million litres of clean, fresh drinking water at any one time. That project is ongoing and is expected to complete in July.

Matthew Cooper, Project Manager at South East Water, said: “If this new main was not installed, parts of Sevenoaks would experience low tap water pressure or no water during summer peak demand within the next 10 years. It is therefore critical that we carry out this project.

“In total, we’re pumping £6.29 million into improving the town’s water supply in one of the largest investment projects we’re currently undertaking in any town across our supply area.

On 12 September 2019 the company announced that the new main would take a route through Knole Park (Valley Bottom) and local roads.

Matthew continued: “Due to the impact of COVID-19, only the road sections will be completed this year with the Knole Park section taking place in spring 2021.

“We will be carrying out the construction work in the local roads in stages, with roads being returned to their original state before moving on to the next stage.

“A detailed list of our plans and the roads affected can be found on the project’s dedicated web page at corporate.southeastwater.co.uk/Sevenoaks.”

This work forms the company’s £433 million investment in improving water supplies between 2020 and 2025.

 

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