£1million to replace lead water pipes

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Water chiefs have warned customers to expect disruption during works to replace lead water pipes which serve more than 3,000 homes in Bedford.

The works, which will begin at the end of next year will target 63 streets in the Goldington and Queens Park areas of the town.

Lead pipes, which are already in place, will be dug up and replaced with plastic piping to comply with new European Standards which dictate the levels of lead which can be present in drinking water.

The new standards, which come into force in 2013, will see the limit on lead in drinking water more than halve, from 25 to 10 parts per billion.

Toni Holtby, lead strategy manager for Anglian Water, said: “Awareness of levels of lead in the environment has increased during recent years with the move to lead free petrol and paints.

“Where lead is found in tap water, it usually comes from old lead pipe work connecting the property to the water main or in the internal plumbing. In Bedford we are now replacing large amounts of that old pipework as part of our continual programme of investment in improving water quality.”

She added: “With work on this scale there will inevitably be some disruption. We are working closely with Bedford Borough Council to keep this to a minimum and there are currently no plans to close roads as part of this replacement work. We will keep people informed throughout the work.”

Public drop in sessions for residents of Queens Park on will be held on Tuesday (October 9) and for people living in Goldington South the following day.

Tuesday’s exhibition will be held in Bedford Moravian Church in Howard Avenue between 3.30pm and 6.30pm. Wednesday’s will be in the Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road between 3.30pm and 6pm.

You can find out more information by visiting www.anglianwater.co.uk/leadfacts or by calling the lead advice line on 0845 0703445.