Weavering - flushing to protect water quality
01 August 2017

Work is being carried out to clean water mains in Weavering to safeguard the quality of drinking water.
It will take place in the ME14 5 postcode sector and 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 7 August for one week in the following roads:
Bilberry Close
Blacksmith Drive
Clarence Court
Coulters Close
Farrier Close
Gentian Close
Gleaners Close
Granary Close
Grove Green Road
Grovewood Drive North
Grovewood Drive South
Harebell Close
Harvesters Way
Henbane Close
Orache Drive
Provender Way
Rampion Close
Restharrow Road
Samphire Close
Shearers Close
Speedwell Close
The Maltings
Threshers Drive
Wagoners Close
Wingrove Drive