Work starts on South East Water's £3m pumping station
Work is due to begin later on a new £3m water pumping station in Kent.
A new pumping station is to be built at South East Water's Crampton Road water treatment works in Sevenoaks.
The existing station, which draws water from underground boreholes, is coming to the end of its working life.
The new equipment will supply about 18 million litres of water every day to more than 40,000 customers. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Joe Yip, from South East Water, said: "We need to improve the treatment and water quality processes so we can ensure those drinking water supplies remain safe on the long journey from our treatment works to customers' taps.
"Also, the existing building requires considerable on-going maintenance but is continuing to deteriorate as it gets older, so we've decided it's now time to replace it."