Essential work to upgrade the water supply network in Hornchurch is entering the final street for the current programme, with around 255 metres of new pipes having been installed during the last week.

Essex & Suffolk Water has invested £2 million to improve the drinking water supply network to 1,965 homes around Romford and Hornchurch, by installing 7km of new pipes in two phases over the past two years.


Daren Still, project manager for Essex & Suffolk Water said: “The pipes we are replacing will help to ensure there is a robust water supply network in the local area for many years to come.”


“The cast iron pipes are around 60 years old and in need of replacement due to corrosion from the London clay soil,” he said.


“This upgrade work will help to reduce interruptions to supply for our customers and make sure we have secure and reliable supplies of water. We will be using trenchless techniques where possible, to ensure disruption is reduced to an absolute minimum,” he said.


Essex & Suffolk Water continues to work closely with the London Borough of Havering to reduce the impact and has planned the works to minimise any inconvenience to customers and the public.


“I’d like to thank the communities and customers for their cooperation while we carry out this vital work and apologise for any disruption, and also the highways department at the London Borough of Havering for their assistance and co-operation in helping to complete this work,” Daren added.


The project is part of the water company’s multimillion pound investment programme into the water infrastructure in the region. Essex & Suffolk Water will on average invest £45 million on essential improvements each year from 2015 to 2020 – a total of £225 million over the five years.


Further updates on the progress of the works can be found on the Essex & Suffolk Water website: and through Twitter @eswater_care.