Action on burst water pipes

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A water company is to replace pipes in Haywards Heath after 11 water main bursts over the past five years.

South East Water is to upgrade 1.3 kilometres of old pipe in Borde Hill Lane to reduce the risk of homes and businesses in Haywards Heath going without tap water in future.The pipe currently transports 288,000 litres of water daily to properties in the area.

South East Water spokesman Chris Love said: “It is unacceptable to us that homes and businesses in Haywards Heath go without water when the pipe bursts which is why we plan to upgrade the pipe in the New Year.”

The company is staging a public drop-in session at Harlands Primary School, Penland Road, Haywards Heath, on Wednesday November 25 between 5pm and 7pm to explain its plans.

Chris said: “The safety of the public and our workforce is our number one priority and because the road is already highly congested with utilities, the only space that remains is in the centre of the road and therefore Borde Hill Lane will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project.”

The work will take place between the junction of Copyhold Lane and a point 400 metres north of the junction with River’s Road.

Access to all businesses along Borde Hill Lane, including Borde Hill Garden, will be maintained.

Work starts on January 11 and will last around 18 weeks. The diversion route will be clearly sign posted.

The scheme forms part of the company’s £424 million investment programme taking place between 2015 and 2020.