Residents in Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and surrounding villages may be experiencing water supply problems this morning after a serious burst on a large water main in the area.

South East Water is working hard to repair the burst pipe, a 15-inch-diametre water main, which was found at the playing fields close to Burgess Hill Football Club.

Steve Andrews, Incident Manager, said: “The burst occurred in the early hours of this morning and our repair team has been dispatched to begin fixing the damaged main.

“We’re very aware this area was recently impacted during the heatwave and we are really sorry for the disruption this emergency incident has caused to customers.”

Bottled water stations are in the process of being arranged should they be required if the pipe cannot be quickly repaired and South East Water will update with details once those are in place.

Steve continued: “Our priority now is to get tap water supplies flowing as soon as possible and we will be rerouting water around the network to help minimise the number of properties impacted.

“We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this emergency has caused, but hope our customers understand that we are taking all necessary steps to restore supplies as quickly as we can.”

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