Mid Kent - flushing to protect water quality
24 November 2016

Work is being carried out to clean water mains in mid Kent to safeguard the quality of drinking water.

It is called flushing and is part of maintenance on South East Water’s underground mains.

Where will the work be carried out?
The areas include Horsmonden, Brenchley, Paddock Wood, Collier Street, Laddingford, Marden and Yalding in the postcode sectors TN12 9; TN12 8; TN12 7; TN12 6 and ME18 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.

Is flushing the only way it can be done?
We are careful to only use the amount of water needed to clean the pipes and flushing stops once the whole system is running crystal clear as usual.

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 in the following areas:


Mascalls Court Rd (Paddock Wood)

Mile Oak Road (Brenchley)

Mile Oak Road (Paddock Wood)

Knowle Road (Brenchley)

Pearsons Green Road (Paddock Wood)

Pearsons Corner, Willow Lane (Paddock Wood)

Pearsons Green Road (Brenchley)

Old Hay (Brenchley)

Churn Lane (Horsemonden)

Claygate (Marden)

Kings Lane (Marden)

Spenny Lane (Marden)


Spenny Lane (Marden) continued.

Collier Street (Tonbridge)

Haviker Street (Collier St)

Green Lane (Yalding)

Benover Road (Yalding)

Jarmons Lane (Collier St)

Claygate Road (Marden,Yalding & Laddingford)

Queen Street (Paddock Wood)

Lucks Lane (Paddock Wood)

Willow Lane (Paddock Wood)

Darman Lane (Paddock Wood & Laddingford)

St Mary's Close (Yalding)

Cleavesland (Yalding)