Friday, 17 May 2013

More news on lead water main replacement

Today I had a couple of telephone conversations with the surveyor who is responsible for making the replacement of our lead water main with a new lead-free one happen.
Apparently Northumbrian Water (otherwise known as "the water board") have been out to check the trench. The trench is a big hole where the water pipe goes. The trench has to fit specific regulations, and not being up to them had to be widened, so the subcontracted paviers had to dig up more of the pavingstones and ground under it.
Once Northumbrian Water approve the trench there is a period of 21 days notice before the actual water can be connected. Northumbrian Water staff have to actually go into the property (our homes) to connect. This is a new regulation as now the Northumbrian Water own that part of the pipe, or have responsibility for it. Used to be owned by landlord or homeowner.
I was able to find a video which shows a very similar project happening, and explains it in quite a lot of detail, although this bloke is doing both the plumbing and the trenching, making things a bit less complicated.

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