Polegate - flushing to protect water quality
04 May 2017

Work is being carried out to clean water mains in Polegate 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 in the following areas from Monday 15 May for three weeks:

Monday 15 May

Albert Place
Albert Road
Brook Street
Brookside Avenue
Cresta Close
Cross Street
Diplock Close
Dittons Road
Ersham Road
Fairlight Close
Gilda Crescent
Gosford Way
Greenleaf Gardens
Hailsham Road
High Street
Honeycrag Close
Malcolm Gardens
Mapleleaf Gardens
Mimosa Close
Minster Close
Nightingale Close
Oakleaf Drive
Old School Close
Palma Close
Porters Way
Sayerland Road
School Lane
St. Leonard’s Terrace
Station Road
Victoria Close
Victoria Road
Windsor Way

From Monday 22 May
Central Avenue
Dover Road
East Close
Eastern Avenue
Hastings Close
Hythe Close
Junction St
Junction Street
Levett Avenue
Levett Way
Lynholm Road
New Road
North Close
Northern Avenue
Nursery Close
Oaklands Close
Otham Court Lane
Pevensey Road
Porters Way
Romney Road
Sidings Road
Southern Avenue
Station Road
The Sidings
West Close
Western Avenue
Westfield Close

From Monday 29 May
Black Path
Brightling Road
Chestnut Drive
Church Road
Courtland Road
Eastbourne Road
Heron Ridge
High Street
Manor Way
Old Drive
Otteham Close
Spur Road
Spurway Park
St John's Road
St. Johns Road
Walnut Walk
Willowdowne Close
Windmill Road