The much-needed £900,000 scheme to install a water main in Wannock and Willingdon has struck early problems.
It means work enabling South East Water to pump more water into the Eastbourne area has fallen behind schedule.
The delay has been caused by the discovery of a previously unknown gas main under the surface of Broad Road.
Construction began as planned on July 24 in Broad Road and on August 18 under and alongside Eastbourne Road (A2270).
Chris Love, delivery manager at South East Water, said, “To date we have installed a total of 340 metres of pipeline in Broad Road and Eastbourne Road. However, unfortunately we have encountered problems in these early stages which have caused an initial delay to our programme.
“Despite looking at historical utility records and undertaking investigations into what lies beneath the surface of the road we have discovered previously unknown utility services which have slowed construction.”
The company expects work in Broad Road to be completed on September 26 before it moves on to the next stage of the project in Farmlands Way, Farmlands Avenue, Paddock Gardens and Wannock Road.