Burst water main in Burgess Hill

Burst water main, Burgess Hill. Eddie Howland.
Burst water main, Burgess Hill. Eddie Howland.

A ‘large’ water main burst caused disruption in Burgess Hill yesterday leaving residents without water and flooding part of a road.

South East Water confirmed a six-inch diameter pipe in London Road split around early evening, with works completed by midnight.

Burst water main, Burgess Hill. Eddie Howland.

Burst water main, Burgess Hill. Eddie Howland.

Mark Rice, Distribution Manager at South East Water, said: “Some local residents had no water or had low pressure while we altered the flow of water around our network and fixed the broken pipe.

“Three-way traffic lights were installed to keep motorists safe while emergency crews completed the complicated repair and will be lifted once we have finished repairing the road surface during the coming week.

“Unfortunately leaks and bursts like this do happen on our high pressure network of underground pipes. It carries 517 million litres of water every day through 9,000 miles of mains and more than six million joints.

“Sometimes these pipes and joints fail, but we work around the clock to find and fix leaks and bursts.

Burst water main, Burgess Hill. Eddie Howland.

Burst water main, Burgess Hill. Eddie Howland.

“After a water pipe bursts, customers may find they have cloudy or discoloured water. This isn’t harmful and can be solved by running the cold kitchen tap slowly until the water runs clear.

“Customers can report a leak by calling our dedicated Leakline on 0333 000 0002 or by visiting our interactive map found at https://inyourarea.digdat.co.uk/southeastwater.”