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PIPE FLUSH: Utility company warns of discoloured water supply near Maidstone

Wednesday 11th September 2019

A TEAM of technicians will be undertaking a “deep clean” of the underground drinking water pipework in Bearsted.

The work involves pumping water through pipes at high speed to flush out naturally-occurring sediments which build up over time, such as iron or manganese.

The works is most likely going to affect residents in: Ashford Road, Biddenden Close, Blenheim Close, Bramley Crescent, Egremont Road, Grenadier Close, Lambourne Road, Laxton Close, Madginford Close, Madginford Road, Merton Road, Mote Park, Orchard Drive, Rosemary Road, Rosemount Gardens, Royston Road, Tydeman Road, Weavering Street, Willington Street, Winifred Road.

Works are scheduled to begin on September 23 for one week.

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.

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

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