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15 November 21

Affinity Water invites St Albans residents to learn more about essential water mains work that may impact local traffic

Affinity Water is setting up a stall in St Albans at St Peters Street market on Wednesday 17th November to give residents a chance to learn more about significant water mains work that will ultimately help to leave more water in globally rare chalk streams, such as the River Ver.

The first phase of the works along Redbourn Road will be complete by 20 November and the second phase will begin in January 2022 along Batchwood Drive.

It is expected that the work will result in disruption to local traffic, so Affinity Water will be on hand at St Peters Street market to answer any questions about the works from local residents.

In total Affinity Water is investing £5.8 million in the new water main to provide the community with reliable and high-quality supply of water for many years to come and to protect the regions precious chalk streams.

Phase two of the works will start on 10th January 2022 and continue until the end of July 2022 from Monday to Saturday 7 am to 7pm and on Sundays from 9 am to 4pm.

From 10th – 28th January, a small section of the northbound lane with be closed on Batchwood Drive from the Redbourn Road roundabout. The southbound lane will remain open. This road closure will be clearly signed in advance with a diversion route in place.

From 28th January – end of July, the road will be open in both directions with temporary traffic lights in place. The work will be done in sections along the length of Batchwood Drive, starting at the Redbourn Road end and finishing at the Ancient

Briton/Harvester junction. The position of the traffic lights will move as the work progresses along the length of the road. People may want to allow extra time for their journey.

The challenges of climate change, increases in population and demand for water means that some of our globally rare habitats, such as chalk streams are under threat. Chalk streams have been described as England’s ‘Amazon’ and are rarer than coral reefs or Bengal Tigers. This means we must do all we can to protect them and leave more water in the natural environment.

Kevin Barton, Head of External Communications explained: “We take water from deep below ground, which feeds into some chalk streams on the surface. The new water main, which represents an investment of £5.8 million, will allow us to move water around our supply area more efficiently. This means we will be able to keep more water in the ground to help your local chalk stream, the River Ver, whilst continuing to provide your community with a reliable and high-quality supply of water for many years to come.”

More information can be found on the Affinity Water website, or for business customers.

Residents can get in touch via the feedback page.

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