Taps are flowing again in Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and surrounding areas after a burst water pipe yesterday affected drinking water supplies to the towns.

South East Water’s repair teams worked throughout the day to fix the 15-inch diameter pipe which burst near Burgess Hill Football Club.

The burst water main caused the company’s nearby storage tanks which supply the area to drain significantly.

Bottled water stations were set up in Burgess Hill and Bolnore Village.

Steve Andrews, Head of Central Operations, said: “We are really sorry to all customers affected by yesterday’s burst pipe.

“As the burst occurred on such a large water main the repair was very complex and our teams worked extremely hard to fix the pipe as quickly and safely as possible.

“We have been checking the pipeline network area throughout the night and expect the majority of our customers to have their supplies restored this morning, however there may be localised airlocks in the system which may result in some customers still being without water. If that’s the case we urge them to contact us as soon as possible and we will send a technician to investigate.

“Once again we are very sorry to customers affected by the burst and thank everyone for their patience while we worked to complete the repair.”

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