Snodland - flushing to protect water quality
29 September 2017

Work is being carried out to clean water mains in Paddlesworth and Snodland to safeguard the quality of drinking water.
It is part of maintenance on South East Water’s underground mains and will take place in the ME6 5 postcode sector.

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 9 October for approximately two weeks.
Week one
Alisander Close
Bingley Close
Birling Road
Cemetery Road
Constitution Hill
Coxs Close
Dryland Road
Freelands Road
Gassons Road
Godden Road
Gorham Close
Hegarty Court
Hook Road
Midsummer Road
Paddlesworth Road
Pridmore Road
Roberts Road
Roman Road
St. Benedict Road
Taylor Road
Tomlin Close
Townsend Road
Veles Road
Walden Court

Week two
Bingley Close
Birling Road
Bramley Road
Busbridge Road
Charles Close
Constitution Hill
Dowling Close
Dryland Road
Fletcher Gardens
High Street
Higham Avenue
Linnitt Road
Lucas Road
Malling Road
Mary Last Close
Meadow Walk
Morhen Close
Orchard Way
Poynder Drive
Recreation Avenue
Ritch Road
Roberts Road
Roman Road
Snodland Road
St Katherine's Lane
St. Benedict Road
Taylor Road
The Grove
Tomlin Close
Walden Court
Wyvern Close