Water pipes to be deep-cleaned in Uckfield

Water pipes in Rocks Park, Uckfield, are to be deep-cleaned over a period of two weeks from Monday (February 25).

South East Water says the action is part of the company’s ongoing programme to keep tap water flowing crystal clear.

Water will be pumped through pipes in the area at high speed. The process, called flushing, stirs up naturally-occurring sediments which build up over time, such as iron or manganese.


The company say the sediments are not harmful but could temporarily cause the water to appear discoloured.

Jenny Rhodes, Regional Network Manager at South East Water, said: “The fresh drinking water entering our mains after treatment is extremely high quality, however, over time deposits can build up in the pipes, particularly if the water is slow moving.

“Our team of scientists and engineers use information gathered from our customers, from water samples and historical data to develop a programme to ensure we flush the areas that need it most.


“We appreciate customers may have concerns about the water used during the process appearing to run to waste, but we only draw through our pipes as much as we need, and once the water reaches its journey’s end, it is directed into the drains to be recycled.”

During the work it is possible customers may notice a reduction in water pressure, and some discolouration, but this is temporary and can be solved by running the kitchen tap until the water runs clear.

Jenny added: “To help minimise the risk of any disruption, we usually avoid flushing between 6am and 8am, and 5pm and 10pm, when demand is highest.

Advance notice

“Customers will receive advance notice if we are going to be working in their area, and we do encourage anyone with a medical condition which could be impacted by an interruption to their water supply to sign up to our Priority Services Register at southeastwater.co.uk/help.”

Find out more about the work at corporate.southeastwater.co.uk/uckfield

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