Phase one of Canterbury water main scheme nears completion
13 April 2017

The first stage of South East Water’s £300,000 scheme to install more than 500 metres of new water main along Rhodaus Town, Canterbury, is nearing completion.

Work on the new pipeline began in March and is required to maintain water pressure as new student accommodation is developed nearby.

Chris Love, Delivery Manager at South East Water, said: “The location of our works had to be moved to the city wall side of the ring road due to utilities congestion in the bus lane on the Canterbury East Station side. This meant it was impossible to dig there without seriously encroaching on the main carriageway.

“Work is progressing well and we have successfully laid more than 300 metres of new water main, the majority of this being completed by directional drilling which has sped up the project.

“We now need to lay new pipeline across the dual carriageway to connect it to our existing network. This will be done at a later date and may involve night working to minimise traffic disruption.

“Phase two of the work will take place in Castle Row from 18 April, with a road closure in place. 
 “I would like to apologise for the disruption this work may be causing but hope motorists and the local community understand the long term benefits this new water main will deliver.”

The scheme forms part of the company’s £424 million investment programme taking place between 2015 and 2020.