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Essex and Suffolk Water plans £300M investment

Essex & Suffolk Water plans to invest £300M between 2015 and 2020 on improving its services, creating jobs among its network of suppliers and contractors, and encouraging new businesses into the area.

The company's key investment areas includes improvements to treatment worksThe company's key investment areas includes improvements to treatment works

The company is currently refreshing its business plan, based on customers’ priorities and a commitment to improving service and efficiency. Key areas where investment will be made include:

  • Working with farmers to prevent pollutants such as pesticides from entering the rivers drinking water comes from
  • Carrying out major improvements at water treatment works that serves Lowestoft
  • Replacing 200 miles of water mains to prevent pipes bursting and causing supply interruptions
  • Continuing to improve leak finding and repair services
  • Maintaining the company's "good performance" on water pressure

Heidi Mottram, Essex & Suffolk Water’s chief executive officer, said: "This is a major commitment to further improve the infrastructure of water supply services in the area, and it will have a significant knock-on effect in terms of our regional economy.

"As well as improving the service we provide for our 1.8 million customers, we will be making a major contribution to our network of suppliers and contractors based in the region. By making sure we have water services that are second to none, new businesses will be encouraged to come to the area."

Mottram said: "We have been consulting with our customers and stakeholders all over the region and discussing our findings with a group called the Water Forum. This independent group is made up of a wide range of representatives who scrutinise and challenge our plans. We have developed proposals for the future through this process, and we now want to check that we have reflected our customers’ views correctly."

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