Allington - flushing to protect water quality
16 August 2017

Work is being carried out to clean water mains in Allington 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 from Monday 4 September for approximately two weeks in the following roads:

Week 1 - Monday 4 September
Castle Road
Newbury Avenue
Froyle Close
Flaxman Drive
Tichborne Close
Tintern Road
Eversley Close
Anerley Close
Midley Close
Stockbury Drive
Odiham Drive
Stansted Close
Beckenham Drive
Eynsford Road
Dargate Close
Lullingstone Road
Beaulieu Walk
Cranleigh Gardens
Caroline Crescent
Hextable Close

Week 2 Monday 11 September
Cheriton Way
Little Buckland Avenue
Cloudberry Close
Buckland Lane
Palmar Road
Grace Avenue
Hyde Road
Castle Road
Adisham Drive
Newbury Avenue
Frinstead Walk
Hildenborough Crescent
Lamberhurst Road
Kilndown Close
Blackmanstone Way
Fordwich Close
Chilham Road
Halstead Walk
Eastry Close