Work set to start to keep Bexhill’s drinking water safe and clean

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Work will soon be carried out to clean water mains in north Bexhill to safeguard the quality of drinking water.

South East Water will carry out the programme from Thursday, February 23 as part of ongoing maintenance on the firm’s underground mains.

The process, known as flushing, involves directing water through the pipes quickly to draw sediment deposits – such as iron and manganese – out of the network. This is to remove naturally-occurring, harmless deposits which build up over time.

While these naturally-occurring deposits are not harmful, they can cause temporary discoloured water.

South East Water’s distribution manager Mark Rice said: “Flushing our water mains from the start to finish of our network – from our service reservoirs, which store fully treated drinking water, to the point at which it supplies our customers – is a very effective way of cleaning the inside of our water mains.

“Once the water reaches its journey’s end, the flushed water containing these deposits is directed into the drains to be recycled.

“We appreciate customers may have concerns about this water appearing to run to waste, but we only draw through our pipes as much as we need, and stop flushing once we can see the whole system is running crystal clear as usual.

“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.”

The postcode sectors for the areas are TN39 3, TN39 4 and TN39 5.

From Thursday, February 23 to Friday, February 24:

Calgary Road, Clinch Green Avenue, Edmonton Road, The Highlands, Mount Idol View, Paton Road, Reynolds Drive, Turkey Road

From Monday, February 27 to Friday, March 3:

Alder Gardens, Bancroft Road, Bargate Close, Bidwell Avenue, Birch View, Bodle Crescent, Buxton Drive, Calgary Road, Canada Way, Chichester Close, Dalehurst Road, Daresbury Close, Deans Close, Down Road, Edmonton Road, Elm Close, Elva Way, Gatelands Drive, Gordon Place, Grange Court Drive, Gunters Lane, Hazel Grove, Hillcrest Avenue, Holliers Hill, Lewes Close, Little Common Road, Mill View Road, Newlands Avenue, Ninfield Road, Oakwood Avenue, Old Farm Road, Old Mill Park, Pembury Grove, Plemont Gardens, Poplar Close, Scholars Walk, Southlands Road, Turkey Road, West Down Road, Whitehouse Avenue,

Windmill Drive, Woodsgate Park

From Monday, March 6 to Friday, March 10:

Broad View, Bidwell Avenue, Chichester Close, Cranford Drive, Dalment Road, Danecourt Close, Daresbury Close, Deans Close, Ellerslie Lane, The Fairway, Glenleigh Avenue, Glenleigh Park Road, Gordon Place, Hever Crescent, Holliers Hill, Homelands Close, Kenton Close, Lewes Close, Little Common Road, Old Farm Road, Pledmont Gardens, Roedean Close, Summer Hill Road, Uplands Close, Ward Way, Warwick Road, Windmill Drive

From Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17:

Bale Close, Birkdale, Blackfields Avenue, Brampton Avenue, Broadoak Lane, Bushy Croft, Byfields Croft, Concorde Close,

Courthope Drive, Cranleigh Close, Cranston Avenue, Cranston Close, Cranston Rise, Duke Street, Fowlers Close, Foxhill, Fryatts Way, Harewood Close, Hurstview, Knebworth Road, Leasingham Gardens, Little Common Road, Millham Close, Normandale, Primrose Hill, Quebec Close, Riders Bolt, Roselands, St Francis Chase, Salvington Crescent, Sussex Close, Sutherland Avenue, Sutherland Close, Thornbank Crescent, Warwick Road

From Monday, March 20 to Friday, March 24:

Alexander Drive, Collington Avenue, Collington Grove, Collington Lane, Collington Rise, Cranston Avenue, Cranston Rise, Eden Drive, Fairfield Chase, The Grove, Hillborough Close, Little Common Road, The Mead, Pinewoods, The Ridings, Robin Hill, St Mary’s Lane, Walton Park, Whitehill Avenue, White Hill Drive, Winston Drive

From Monday, March 27 to Friday, March 31:

Ashby Close, Blackmill Close, Camperdown Street, Clinch Green Avenue, Davis Close, Greenways, The Highlands, Jubilee Road, Ninfield Road, Pankhurst Rise, The Ridings, St Mary’s Lane, Southlands Avenue