Flimwell - flushing to protect water quality
14 September 2017

Work is being carried out to clean water mains in Flimwell and Whatlington 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 25 September for approximately four weeks in the following roads:

Week one
Acorn Way
Burgh Hill
Church Farm Close
Church Hill
Church Lane
Coronation Gardens
Fysie Lane
Great Oak
Haremere Hill
Hastings Road
Hawkhurst Road
High Street
Hurst Green
London Road
MacMichael's Way
Merriments Lane
Sheepstreet Lane
South View Close
Station Road
The Orchard
Ticehurst Road
Vicarage Way

Week two
Abbey Mews
Andrews Close
Beech House Lane
Bourne Lane
Brightling Road
Bugsell Mill Lane
Church Lane
Colemans Way
Coronation Cottages
Dairy Close
Ewhurst Green
Fair Lane
Fayre Meadow
George Hill
Haremere Hill
Hastings Road
Hawkhurst Road
High Street
Hurst Green
Junction Road
Kemps Way
London Road
Ludpit Lane
MacMichael's Way
Northbridge Street
Pelham Walk
Redlands Lane
Rocks Hill
Rutley Close
Station Road
The Oast
The Stage

Week three
Blacksmiths Field
Bodiam Road
Castle Hurst
Hawkhurst Road
Junction Road
Levetts Lane
Main Street
Mill Close
Sandhurst Road
The Elms

Week four
Battle Road
Bishops Lane
Church Lane
Compasses Lane
Darwell Close
Fair Lane
Fayre Meadow
George Close
George Hill
Grove Farm
Heathfield Gardens
High Street
Johns Cross Cottages
Johns Cross Road
Junction Road
London Road
Lower Lake
Mill Rise
Park Farm
Park Lane
Poppinghole Lane
Redlands Lane
Station Road
Vinehall  Road
Willow Bank
Willow Mews