Work getting underway from October to replace water main

Work gets underway from next month on a water main scheme that will protect customers’ water supplies in parts of Hooley, Surrey.

Sutton and East Surrey Water is to replace the old cast iron water main in Star Lane, Hooley, with a new, tougher plastic pipe that is less prone to bursts and leaks.

Construction work will start at the junction of the A23 and work towards the Elmore Road junction of Church Lane in where it will finish.

Work will start during the week commencing 3rd October 2016 and will take around 12 weeks to complete.

Simon Thomson, Project Engineer at Sutton and East Surrey Water, said: “The existing water main was laid by our Victorian predecessors in 1891 and has done sterling work in transporting thousands of litres of water every day for many years.

“However, it has now reached the end of its working life, with an increasing number of bursts occurring. Each time this happens it causes unplanned emergency repairs, interruptions to customers’ water supplies and the loss of water through leaks and bursts.

“Our scheme will make sure both existing and future customers in this part of Hooley continue to receive a reliable supply of top quality drinking water.”

Due to the need to work in the narrow highway, Star Lane will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the work.

Access will be maintained for local residents, however, with diversion routes in place. These have been agreed with Surrey Highways and will be well advertised and signposted, including on the company’s website at

Simon added: “We fully appreciate Star Lane is used as a busy cut through for residents and commuters but with our vital infrastructure buried deep underground in such a narrow lane it is important we keep everyone safe.”

The scheme forms part of a wider £500,000 programme of investment being made by the company to secure reliable and healthy drinking water supplies for homes and businesses in this area.

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