Anglian Water has started start work to replace old lead water pipes in Peterborough, in the New England, Netherton and Eastfield areas of the city.
This work began this week and is expected to take nine months.
This new scheme follows work completed last year where the company replaced over 2,000 old lead pipes in Dogsthorpe and Eastfield.
The pipes being replaced are known as the ‘communication’ pipes, which connect the water main up to the customer’s service pipe on the property boundary. The old lead pipes are being replaced with new plastic ones.
The work is being completed at a cost of £1.2m, and will target 34 streets over the three areas.
Peterborough is one of the places benefiting from the replacement work because of the town’s high number of older properties, which are served by lead pipes.
Kate Willis, Lead Strategy Manager for Anglian Water, said: “Where lead is found in tap water, it usually comes from old lead pipe work connecting the property to the water main or in the internal plumbing. In Peterborough we are replacing large amounts of that old pipework as part of our continual programme of investment in improving water quality.
She added: “With work on this scale there will inevitably be some disruption, which is why we’re working closely with Peterborough City Council to keep this to a minimum
“We will keep people informed throughout the work and customers will each receive two information letters prior to work commencing in their street”.
The work only covers those pipes which are owned by Anglian Water and which connect its water mains to people’s private service pipes.
The service pipes, which run from the building to its boundary with the street, are the responsibility of the property owner.
Kate added: “It is likely that if our communications pipe is lead then your service pipes will be too.
“The surest way to prevent lead getting into your drinking water is to replace all lead pipework; however you can take steps to reduce the amount of lead levels at your tap. Flushing the tap for a few minutes if the water has stood for a period of time in contact with any lead pipework will help reduce the levels of lead in the drinking water.”