100 Leeds streets to see an upgrade in quality of water

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More than a hundred streets in Leeds are to be affected by works to improve water supply quality.

Between now and 2015 Yorkshire Water will carry out works which will see thousands of homes see their lead water supply pipes refurbished.

The work is required to comply with new standards that are being introduced which will halve the amount of lead allowed in tap water, although water officials were keen to stress that drinking water in the city remains safe.

The £3.5m project will start in Roxholme Grove, Gledhow Park Drive, Mexborough Grove and St Martin’s Gardens in early December with engineering specialists, Morrison Utility Services and Balfour Beatty, working on behalf of the company in and around Potternewton, Osmondthorpe, Gledhow, Halton, Bramley, Stanningley, Kirkstall, Pudsey, Moortown, Alwoodley, Chapel Allerton, Armley, Roundhay, Wortley and Weetwood.

Around two weeks before work starts in an area, customers will be advised in advance; they’ll be sent letters and an information leaflet by the company.,

A spokesman said: “Usually, teams will dig two holes, one at the boundary of a property and one at the point where the communication pipe connects into the water main in the street. The communication pipe will then be refurbished between the two points. It’s likely that they’ll be working on a number of pipes in one street at the same time which means there will be various holes open at once.”

Where possible, reinstatement will be within three days.

Michael Tunnifcliffe, project manager, said: “Customers don’t need to worry about the current quality of drinking water as it’s safe. We’ll communicate with affected residents throughout this essential project and would like to thank them for their patience.”