UPDATE: Two bursts to water main in Lindfield and Haywards Heath

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A reader has sent in this photo of a footpath which turned into a river because of a burst water main this morning.

One water main burst in two places in Lindfield High Street and Oathall Road, Haywards Heath, this morning (Tuesday May 12).

These caused a loss of water supply to homes in Oathall Road and flooding in footpaths near the Lindfield High Street.

Water has now been rerouted to all properties.

Lavinia Malins took this photo at a footpath in Hangmans Acre field, near the high street.

She said: “I wouldn’t have where the water was coming from but my husband called me and told me about the burst main.

“I was horrified really!”

A lack of water supply was reported to South East Water at 2.45am.

Technicians investigated and found a burst on a water main in Oathall Road, Haywards Heath. This left 18 properties with low pressure.

Bottled water was given to customers affected.

South East Water was then alerted to a burst on a nine-inch diameter water main in High Street, Lindfield, at approximately 8am.

David Winterburn, Regional Network Manager at South East Water, said this morning: “The the burst occurred inside a road closure currently in operation by Southern Water, which is carrying out wastewater works.”

“Technicians are on site and are currently rerouting the water around our network of water pipes to try and restore supplies. Repairs will begin as soon as possible. Customers may experience no water or low pressure while the repairs are underway.”

“It is very difficult to know what causes burst water mains as there are a number of factors that could cause a burst including ground conditions, pressure fluctuations and the age of the pipes.”

The burst main has also left homes in Oathall Road, Haywards Heath, without water.

A statement from South East Water said: “Our technicians are on site to carry out repairs. We anticipate that most properties will have water supplies restored shortly, customers on higher ground may have low pressure or no water for a time.

“Following a burst water pipe in Oathall Road we would like to apologise to our customers who have no water or low water pressure.

“Repairs are underway and we hope to have tap water returned as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we are giving bottled water to those affected.”

Updates to come.