Fault with new water pipe forces workmen to start from scratch in Seven Kings

Workmen have spent the last week re-connecting water pipes in Seven Kings after an inspection found they had not been fitted properly as part of works totalling �3million.

Essex and Suffolk water said the issue with the service connection was discovered two weeks ago in St Albans Road, Seven Kings.

“Extra resources” have been brought in to the road to correct the problem, with work ongoing.

Contractor Blu 3 was responsible for the service connection, which links the water main with a property’s own supply pipe, but was found to have not been correctly fitted.

Essex and Suffolk water said the connection needed to be “slightly deeper” to avoid issues such as it buckling under extreme temperatures.

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Other connections in St Albans Road will also be checked by Essex and Suffolk Water, which described it as an “isolated” incident.

The 10-month project to replace 19km pipes as much as 70 years old across the area began in mid-November and is due to last 10 months, with the reported setback not expected to lengthen that time frame.

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Essex and Suffolk Water has apologised to residents for the continued works, which does not affect their supply of water.

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