OLD water and sewer pipes at risk of bursting and affecting drinking supplies across Stafford are set to be given a £15 million upgrade.
Severn Trent Water is to invest the cash to ensure customers receive a reliable high quality water supply and waste service.
But residents are being warned they will face disruption as the work is done.
Ruth Farrell, programme manager for Severn Trent said the water pipes in Stafford had grown old and were prone to bursts so they planned to invest £10million in 20 kilometres of new water pipe from the Shugborough area into Stafford town centre.
She said: “The sewers in and around Stafford are in good condition. However, like many other towns, Stafford is expanding rapidly. To accommodate the commercial and residential growth in the area, and to prevent the sewers from being overwhelmed, we are investing £5million to upgrade two major sewage pumping stations and install 5km of new sewers in and around the town.”
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economy and infrastructure Mark Winnington said: “There will be disruption, but the county council will be working with STW to make every effort to minimise it. We have asked for the work to start towards the summer holiday period so that it can at least be established during quieter travel periods.”
The work is due to finish by spring 2016. The first phase will start in July at Tixall Road and on the A513 from Milford into Stafford town centre.
Traffic lights will be used but there will also be some road closures.
Miss Farrell added: “We understand that residents in Stafford may experience temporary disruption to their daily commute and other journeys whilst the work is being carried out, and we can only apologise for this. We’re working closely with Staffordshire County Council to do everything we can to minimise disruption. However, this is important work that we need to undertake. If we don’t do it now, in a planned coordinated manner, we may need to carry out disruptive and at times distressing emergency work if the water pipes burst or if the sewers flood. In the long term, the benefits for Stafford far outweigh the inconvenience we know the work will cause.”