Essential work to upgrade the water supply network in Barking will begin at the end of August and run until November 2017.

Essex & Suffolk Water is set to invest £400,000 to improve the drinking water supply network to 1,890 homes, mainly around Keir Hardie Way, by installing 2.1km of new pipes.


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 is working closely with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to reduce the impact and is planning 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,” 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.