Thames Water will tomorrow begin using “no-dig” technology to replace old, leaking water pipes in Catford, south London, avoiding the need to excavate large trenches.
The process involves splitting apart the existing pipes and dragging through new plastic ones in their place. This is 10 times quicker than traditional mains replacement.
Thames Water will replace more than 3.2km of cast-iron pipes laid more than 100 years ago with hard-wearing modern pipes.
The £2.5M project is due to start tomorrow and will take seven months to complete.