Flushing to protect water quality - Southborough
14 August 2017

Work is being carried out to clean water mains in Southborough 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 28 August for approximately two weeks.

Week one
Andrew Road
Barnetts Close
Barnetts Way
Barnetts Wood
Blackthorn Avenue
Brokes Way
Chestnut Avenue
Chestnut Close
Etherington Hill
Great Brooms Road
Horizon Close
Laurel Bank
Lott Close
Norstead Gardens
Powder Mill Lane
Powdermill Close
Salisbury Road
Southfields Way
The Fairways
Weare Road
Yew Tree Road

Week two
Alder Close
Aspen Way
Blackthorn Avenue
Chapmans Way
Colebrook Road
Colebrooke Road
Dowding Way
Gordon Road
Great Brooms Road
High Brooms Est
High Brooms Road
Highfield Road
Hornbeam Avenue
Juniper Close
Knights Park
Lambersart Close
Mulberry Close
North Farm Road
Nursery Road
Powder Mill Lane
South View Road
Stewart Road
Walnut Way
Welbeck Avenue
Wolseley Road