I met representatives of Thames Water on 16th October at Westminster. I reviewed with them progress on water pipe renewal, flood prevention, and the adequacy of water supply.
I will be following up on the pipe renewal issues. They promised that they do now have ways of keeping more of the local roads open when carrying out replacement. They have some less intrusive ways of repairing pipes, which help when they can be used. They also have systems for placing plates over the holes in the road at busy times so the roads can be used at peak hours when works are underway.
I urged them to use Wokingham as an example of how pipes can be placed under verges or away from the roads in new developments in in redevelopments, and asked them to work with the Council in Wokingham where opportunities were coming up for such schemes.
They agreed they do need to provide more water to cater for rising populations and water use. They are still considering an additional reservoir at Abingdon. New or repaired pipes will also help by cutting down on water loss.