More than £200,000 is being pumped into the waterworks to prevent sewer pollution in Ripley.
Severn Trent Water has just started work on the pipes near Derby Road, in Marehay and the project is expected to be finished by the end of November.
The sewer network near to Derby Road in Marehay has struggled to cope with heavy rainfall which has resulted in pollution of a local water course.
Graham Robinson, programme engineer at Severn Trent, said: “This is unacceptable and we want to prevent it from happening in the future. So we’re improving the network, which means that when it rains we’ll have extra capacity to take the rain water away and stop in flooding into the nearby Bottle Brook.” This work this will also help to prevent pollution and improve the quality of the water in the brook.
Mr Robinson said: “We’ve worked really hard to minimise any disruption to the local community during the work, but unfortunately to get it done as quickly and safely as possible, we will need to close part of the nearby footpath to the north of the Bottle Brook.
However, we’ll make sure we keep Ripley Greenway open.”
The work, which will be carried out by Severn Trent Water’s contract partner, NMCNomen.
Mr Robinson added: “We won’t be around for too long, but the improvements we’re making will benefit the local community and the environment for many years to come.”