Motorists in Kirk Hallam are expected to face major delays after a £2m improvement programme was announced by Severn Trent.
Essential work to improve 40-year-old, worn-out water mains will start in the next week.
The project costing just under £2m will see the replacement of over seven miles of pipe work, and improve water supply to over a thousand customers but drivers will see their journey times increased during the work.
Cllr John Frudd said: “Obviously this work needs doing but it will cause disruption on the roads.
“Thankfully it will only be a temporary disruption.
“I think the benefits will far outweigh the negatives for residents in the long run so we need to remain patient while the work takes place.”
The Advertiser contacted Severn Trent but they did not provide a list of where and when work would be taking place.
Nigel McGuiness, programme manager for Severn Trent, said: “Our aim is to ensure we continue to provide customers with a reliable supply of drinking water and keep leaks to a minimum.
“We have set ourselves tough targets for cutting leakage over the next few years because we know customers see leaks as a waste and want more to be done to prevent them.
“Replacing older mains is a less disruptive and more cost-effective way of making planned improvements to our network, far better than reacting to bursts as and when they occur.”
The work is expected to take up to ten months to complete and will be conducted by Severn Trent’s contractor Laing O’Rouke.
Workers will be re-directing supplies to ensure disruption to customers is kept to a minimum and access to homes and businesses will remain unaffected.
To find out more about the improvements contact Severn Trent on 0800 783 4444.