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Work on crucial Birmingham water pipe "progressing well"

The work Photo: BPM Media

Work to repair a large water pipe in Birmingham which supplies water to 200,000 customers in the city are now 'progressing well', according to the water company carrying out the repairs.

The incident on Selly Oak was one of the worst ever burst water mains incidents in Birmingham - but the end of repair work and road closures is now in sight.

Credit: BPM

Vast amounts of water cascaded down Harborne Lane when an old, 42-inch pipe burst in November.

A huge chunk of the central reservation opposite the traffic island collapsed into itself under the weight of the water, taking street signs and a lamppost with it and breaking up the pavement.

A new pipe was installed and connected recently, with the expectation that the work will be completed by the middle of February and the road fully re-opened by the end of the month.

“We’ve been working round the clock since the repair work began on the burst pipe in Harborne Lane, Selly Oak.

“As you can see from the photos, we’ve cut out and removed the broken piece of pipe, and we’ve now put in place and connected up the new piece.

“There’s still a lot of work to go to complete the repair work - that pipe now has to be cleaned and disinfected to make sure it’s fit for your water to go through - after all, giving our customers a continuous supply of top quality water is our priority.

– Severn Trent Water
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Severn Trent Water say they are hoping to have Harbrone Lane re-opened and back to normal by the end of February. They acknowledged the frustrations the road closures had caused for local residents.

“It may have looked like we weren’t doing much on site to fix this pipe for a good while, but we were in fact doing lots of work in and around the city.

“We’ve had to come up with a way of fixing the pipe without affecting the water supply for the people of Birmingham.”

The work involved over 500 separate checks being carried out and part of the road has had to be kept closed.

“We know that this is really inconvenient and we can only say sorry for this, but please be reassured that we are working hard to get this pipe and the road fixed as quickly as possible.

– Severn Trent Water