SOUTH East Water is to begin a new £2 million scheme next month to install a new strategic water main and upgrade a water treatment works in East Sussex.
This new pipeline, 6.4km in length and 400mm (16-inches) in diameter, will enable the Company to transfer water from its Water Treatment Works in the village of Friston to its storage reservoir at Folkington.
Installing this new water main will result in the company delivering a more secure, robust water supply to both existing and future customers in the area.
South East Water delivery manager Graham Webb said, “It is vital that we can move water around our network to help manage water supplies.
“This flexibility helps minimise disruption to customers if we ever have a burst water main and during droughts it enables us to move water from sources with more water available to areas where there is less.
“Once commissioned, this new water main, along with the upgrade of Friston Water Treatment Works, will help ensure that we can continue to supply clean, safe tap water to local residents in the area.”
Construction is due to begin on April 2 and is expected to be completed by August 2012.
The company’s contractors will work Monday to Friday during daylight hours but there may be some activities at weekends.
Work will be taking place both in Friston Forest as well as in farmland and South East Water has been working closely with the Forestry Commission and landowners.
To ensure the health and safety of both the public and the water company’s contractors, it will be necessary to temporarily close a number of footpaths in the area while the work is undertaken.
Graham added, “We know this area is extremely popular with walkers and horse riders, however, we need to ensure people’s safety which is why this difficult decision has been taken.
“We are working hard to ensure there will be plenty of signage ensuring people are fully aware of any footpath closures.
“We apologise for the inconvenience this work will cause local residents, walkers and horse riders but hope people understand the need to carry out this scheme to secure future water supplies in the area going into the future.”