Badshot Lea - flushing to protect water quality
23 January 2017

Work is being carried out to clean water mains in Badshot Lea 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.

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 as soon as the whole system is running clear.
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 from 31 January for approximately five weeks.

Monday 6 February
Badshot Farm Lane
Badshot Lea Road
Beech Tree Drive
Bridge Road
Crown Lane
Fern Lea
Lea Close
Orchard Road
St. George’s Close
St. George’s Road

Tuesday 7 February
Badshot Park
Crown Lane

Wednesday 8 February
Brooklands Close
Brooklands Road
Coppice Close
Courtenay Road
The Green
Green Court
Knights Road
Newcombe Road

Thursday 9 February
Brooklands Way
Courtenay Road
Hillside Road
St. David’s Close
Upper Weybourne Lane
Weywood Lane
Woodside Road

Friday 10 February
Brookland Avenue
Hale Place
The Laurels
Oak Tree View
Parkland Grove
Upper Hale Road
Woodlands Avenue