Major work begins on water pipes

MORE than five miles of the Ripon area’s oldest water pipes are set to be replaced by Yorkshire Water as part of a multi-million pound investment.

The work, which began in Bridge Hewick and Copt Hewick this week, is part of a £3.5m project the company is carrying out around Ripon, Knaresborough and Harrogate to reduce leaks and improve pipes supplying drinking water.

The project is due to be completed by March 2012 and other villages that will be affected are Laverton, Burton Leonard and Sharow.

More than 30 roads in Ripon will also be affected, starting with Kirkby Road and Larkhill where work is scheduled to begin during the week of September 5.

John Bond, of Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team, said: “We recognise that any work on such a major level is always likely to cause some disruption to road users and local residents. We want to reassure them that we’ll be doing everything possible to minimise any inconvenience to them and carry out the work as swiftly as possible.”