Yorkshire Water will replace a victorian-era water pipe to improve the quality of water delivered to customers in South-West Sheffield in the UK.

The £80,000 project includes replacement of 335m of ageing cast-iron pipe, which has been prone to leaks in recent years, with a new plastic version by engineering specialists Balfour Beatty Utility Services.

Yorkshire Water project manager Brigitte Sorby said the old pipe has been prone to bursting in the past, causing disruption to road users and supplies.

"We recognize that this is unacceptable, which is why we’re carrying out this important work to replace the old pipe with a new version which should drastically reduce the number of bursts and help to further improve the quality of water delivered to customers’ taps in the area," Sorby said.

"Normally work of this magnitude would require a full road closure, however we’ve worked hard with the local council to develop a plan of work which enables us to still keep the road open, whilst also allowing us to complete the work as quickly as possible."

This project comes as a £14m investment is being made at Yorkshire Water’s Rivelin water treatment works, further up Manchester Road, which provides drinking water to most of south-west Sheffield.

The investment in Sheffield is part of Yorkshire Water’s £100m 2010-2015 program for South Yorkshire.