Addington - flushing to protect water quality
13 July 2017

Work is being carried out to clean water mains in Addington to safeguard the quality of drinking water.
It is part of maintenance on South East Water’s underground mains in the postcode sectors ME19 5 and 6.

What is flushing?
Flushing allows naturally occurring harmless deposits inside the network – such as iron or manganese – to be removed.  While these naturally-occurring deposits are not harmful, they can temporarily discolour the water.

Why do we use this method?
Flushing the water mains from the start to finish of the network – from service reservoirs, which store fully treated drinking water, to the point at which it supplies customers – is a very effective way of cleaning the inside of water mains.

How is flushing carried out?
Flushing involves directing water through the pipes quickly to draw the sediment deposits –out of the network. Once the water reaches its journey’s end, the flushed water containing these deposits is directed into the drains. We are careful to only use the amount of water needed to clean the pipes and flushing stops as soon as the whole system is running clear.

Will flushing affect my water supply?
During the flushing process customers may notice a reduction in water pressure, and possibly some discolouration, but this is temporary and can be solved by running the kitchen tap until the water runs clear.

Flushing will take from Monday 24 July for approximately two weeks:

Week 1
Addington Green
Aldon Lane
Birling Road
Church Lane
Church Road
East Street
Endeavour Park
Heath Road
London Road
Mill House Lane
Park Road
Plowenders Close
Roughetts Road
Sandy Lane
St. Vincents Lane
Taylors Lane
Taylors Place
Teston Road
The Chestnuts
The Close
The Green
The Links
The Paddocks
Trosley Road
Trottiscliffe Road
Woodgate Road
Workhouse Road

Week 2
Alma Road
Beadsman Crescent
Birling Road
Church Lane
Church Road
Derby Drive
Ewell Avenue
Fartherwell Avenue
Hawley Drive
High Street
London Road
Norman Road
Offham Road
Old School Lane
Pinewood Close
Police Station Road
Roughetts Road
Sandy Lane
School Lane
Shorehill Lane
Stratford Road
Teddington Drive
The Street
Trottiscliffe Road
Woodgate Road
Woodland Close
Workhouse Road