Uckfield views sought on water supply

South East Water will host an exhibition about the future of water supplies tomorrow (Tuesday, June 4) at Arlington Village Hall from 2 to 8pm.

It is one of a number of events the company is staging across its supply area to seek views on a draft plan on meeting demand for water between now and 2040.

A report from South East Water to Uckfield town councillors said: “This 25-year plan will play a vital role in securing our customers’ drinking water supplies across a region which remains in serious water stress, but continues to see considerable housing and population growth, while feeling the impacts of climate change.

“In summary, the draft plan indicates we will need up to 145 million litres of additional water every day by 2040 to meet demand.”

South East Water plans to increase metering, reduce leakage as well as having new sources of supply.

These include developing groundwater sources including ones at Forest Row, Coggins Mill (Mayfield), and Cowbeech, near Hailsham.

Water transfer schemes are also in the plans as well as extending the existing reservoir at Arlington.

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