Bearsted - flushing to protect water quality
02 August 2017

Work is being carried out to clean water mains in Bearsted 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 14 August for approximately two weeks.

Week One
Ashford Road
Blakeney Close
Church Landway
Church Lane
Crismill Lane
Discovery Road
Gascoyne Close
Lenside Drive
Milgate Park
Moncrif Close
Otham Lane
Otham Street
Pimpernel Close
Ryan Drive
Sandy Mount
Spot Lane
The Landway
Ware Street
Willow Way
Windmill Heights
Yeoman Court

Week Two
Aldington Road
Ames Avenue
Ashford Road
Aviemore Gardens
Bell Lane
Birling Avenue
Birling Close
Fauchon's Close
Fauchon's Lane
Fullers Close
Hampson Way
Hill Brow
Hog Hill
Mynn Crescent
Plantation Lane
Roseacre Lane
The Almonds
The Landway
The Sprig
Tylers Croft