A village in the Harborough district is to benefit from nearly £300,000 of water pipes investment.
Severn Trent Water’s work to lay almost three kilometres of new water pipes in Husbands Bosworth started on Monday.
Cast iron water pipes in the village have grown old, making them prone to rust and bursts.
The water company is spending £280,000 to replace them to ensure that taps and toilets continue working.
John Springett, a water pipe improvement expert at Severn Trent, said: “As water pipes get old, they get weaker and can crack or burst.
“We want to make sure our customers’ water supply is always there when they need it, that’s why we’re investing a huge amount of money to lay brand new water pipes in the village.
“We now work with plastic water pipes, which are more reliable and will last for years. The pipes we’ll be laying should be serving homes in the autumn.
“That’s good news for us too, because they’re more resistant to bursts.”
He apologised in advance for any inconvenience caused to motorists for the two-and-a-half-month duration of the work. The company is trying to minimise disruption.
Mr Springett said: “We’ll be using traffic lights rather than closing roads.”
Contractors Laing O’Rourke will be carrying out the work on the A1599 Leicester Road, Walton Lane and Pincet Lane.
For more details about the work call 01332 288 047 between the hours of 8am and 5pm.