Halling - flushing to protect water quality
19 July 2017

Work is being carried out to clean water mains in Upper Halling, Halling and Birling to safeguard the quality of drinking water.
It is part of maintenance on South East Water’s underground mains.

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 place from Monday 31 July for about one week in the following roads:

Anderson Close
Ashby Close
Barn Meadow
Bavins Court
Beadsman Crescent
Benedict Close
Birling Bank
Birling Grange
Birling Park Estate
Birling Road
Bishops Meadow
Bluegown Avenue
Bradley Road
Browndens Road
Bull Road
Cemetery Road
Chapel Close
Chapel Lane
Chapel Street
Chillington Close
Church Road
Derby Drive
Essex Road
Farleigh Lane
Gable House
Germander Avenue
Grove Road
Hawley Drive
High Street
Hill Place
Holmes Court
Jackdaw Way
Jade Hill
Kent Road
Kesteven Close
Legge Lane
Leybourne Grange
Limeburners Drive
Low Meadow
Marsh Road
Marsham Way
Masters Lane
Maximilian Drive
Meadow Close
Meadow Crescent
Paddlesworth Road
Park Farm Road
Pilgrims Road
Pilgrims Way
Primrose Road
Quindell Place
Rochester Road
Ryarsh Road
Sandy Lane
School Lane
Snodland Road
Stake Lane
Station Approach Road
Teddington Drive
The Close
The Grooms
The Street
Vicarage Road
Wendover Close
Woodbine Cottages
Woodland Gate Walk