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South East Water in major pipe upgrade at Pembury, Faversham and Pluckley

By KentOnline reporter

A £390 million project to upgrade water pipes across Kent and the south east is gathering pace.

A total of 48km of Victorian old cast iron pipelines have been replaced with state-of-the-art plastic ones that have a longer lifespan.

South East Water is carrying out the five-year programme to keep up with increasing demand among its 2.1 million customers and ensure they have safe access to clean water.

Work carried out to pipes
Work carried out to pipes

Other key projects included the £117,000 upgrade of a 500m long section of water main in High Street, Pembury and a £65,000 revamp of 151 metres of water main in Middle Row and Beckett Street, Faversham.

Schemes in the pipeline this year include a £110,000 programme to upgrade 750m of water main in Pluckley.

Pipes being upgraded. Picture: Thinkstock image
Pipes being upgraded. Picture: Thinkstock image

Desmond Brown, head of engineering at South East Water, said: “Our engineers and contractors have worked extremely hard over the past 12 months upgrading the equivalent length of 3,200 double decker buses which is a fantastic amount.”

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