Like in many European cities, London’s water utility, Thames Water, faces the challenge of meeting the demand of a growing population while half of its water pipe network is over a century old and looses 30% of the water supply through leaks and cracks. The replacement of 1,600 kilometres of mains by 2010 required innovative material and high quality standards. The PE pipe solution chosen provides a sustainable solution and reduces both the financial and environmental costs by offering a number of “no dig” options.
Preserving our resources and securing access to fresh water are a challenge in rich and poor countries alike. In Europe, for example ageing infrastructures can loose up to 40% of treated drinking water through leaks and cracks in the underground pipe systems. Network renovation in densely populated areas raises major issues, from cost and network disruption to road congestion, making it essential to adopt truly sustainable solutions.