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  • Joined Aug 2014
Water pipe
« on: June 02, 2022, 08:36:17 pm »
Had water put to my fields few years ago by a contractor who dug trenches with a digger lining them with gravel etc.I now need to renew a domestic water pipe across a field.(the original plastic pipe is 60 years old and a obscure narrow size which means water pressure is poor).
My neighbour says I would just employ someone with a mole machine....but is this appropriate for a water pipe? I thought water pipe had to be protected by gravel/sand.
Has anyone recently had to pay for a connection to mains..(Seven Trent my area).I am anticipating the connection will be very expensive.
I'm opting to lay the pipe inside my field which is pasture .


  • Joined Dec 2011
  • Gascony, France
Re: Water pipe
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2022, 09:53:16 am »
You can expect natural movement with the land and also of the pipe (pressure and temperature) so they need to be able to do so without straining on the pipe, so loosely laid within gravel. If I remember correctly the minimum pipe depth is 70cm (for frost) and the maximum is 110cm (for access).

Once you have laid the pipe you will still need to pay for connection, unless you connect it to a short section of the old pipe which has either been shut off or frozen. The latter is a 'bodge' and will restrict your flow.


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