Essential work to upgrade the water supply network in rural Suffolk between Eye and Hoxne, near Syleham, is underway.

Essex & Suffolk Water is set to invest £450,000 to improve the drinking water supply network in the area from July 2017 to October 2017 installing around 3.2km 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.”


A road closure is in place and will stay for nine weeks on Eye Road, at the junction with Cookley Road (B1117) to Brickpits, Hoxne, and a diversion is in place using Cookley Road, Horham Road, Hoxne Road, Denham Road and Abbey Hill.


“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 a directional drilling technique, where possible, to ensure disruption is reduced to an absolute minimum,” he said.


Essex & Suffolk Water is working closely with Suffolk County Council to reduce the impact and is planning the works to minimise any inconvenience to customers and the public.

“I’d like to apologise for the disruption and to thank the communities and customers for their cooperation while we carry out this vital 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.