We’re investing more than £3 million to improve your local tap water network during 2018/19.
We know top quality drinking water is important to you, so we’re carrying out a number of projects in the Mayfield, Five Ashes, Rotherfield and Crowborough areas to help improve water supplies now, and for future generations.
As part of this work we’re upgrading more than three kilometres of water pipes to reduce the risk of future bursts, as well as installing more than seven kilometres of new water main to improve the capacity of our network. We’ll also be working to install a new borehole near Coggins Mill so we can supply more water to your taps.
Work is being carried out in private fields, residential roads and highways and you will be notified beforehand if the work is likely to affect you.
Further information on each project can be found below, along with a map of the upcoming works.
1. Crowborough to Cottage Hill Reservoir in Rotherfield
Work is now underway to install 2.45 kilometres of new water main from Palesgate Lane in Crowborough to our Cottage Hill Reservoir in Rotherfield. Construction began on Monday 9 April and is expected to take around six months to complete. Click here for more information and regular updates.
2. Coggins Mill Water Treatment Works to Cottage Hill Service Reservoir in Rotherfield
This scheme will involve laying more than 5 kilometres of new water main between our Coggins Mill Water Treatment Works and Cottage Hill Service Reservoir in Crowborough to help improve the capacity of our water network.
3. Sharnden Borehole, Coggins Mill, Mayfield
We have identified the need for a new borehole near our existing Sharnden Borehole in Coggins Mill, Mayfield. The new borehole is needed to supply additional water to our Coggins Mill Water Treatment Works to help secure supplies into the future.
Before work begins, we will need to drill an observation borehole to help us understand the additional volumes of water the source might yield to ensure we can continue to meet demands for water in the area as the community grows.
Work on the observation borehole began on 23 April on private land and is expected to take around five months to complete.
Work to lay 1,450 metres of new raw water main on private land starts on 23 July with a completion date of 16 January 2019. This water main, connecting the new borehole with Coggins Mill Water Treatment Works, will be laid across Pennybridge Lane which will be closed to through traffic between 10 and 24 September. A diversion route has been agreed with East Sussex Highways for the duration of the road closure.
Coggins Mill Lane will then close from 24 September to 10 October.
Update 18 December 2018
Work on this scheme will be completed by the end of this week with the work to re-instate the fields scheduled when the weather improves in the spring of 20-19
4. Coggins Mill Lane, Mayfield
Our scheme along Coggins Mill Lane in Mayfield will involve a road closure as we work to install 856 metres of new water pipe. This new water main will replace the existing pipe, and help reduce bursts in the area.
Work will start here on 24 September for approximately three months with Coggins Mill Lane closed to through traffic. A diversion route has been agreed with East Sussex Highways for the duration of the road closure.
5. The Warren, Mayfield
This project will involve the installation of 410 metres of new water main within The Warren to replace the current old and unreliable pipe, and help reduce bursts in the area.
Update 5 February, 2019
Work is now underway at The Warren with the first 40 metres of new main installed and the excavation backfilled.
Update 13 February, 2019
Work is 50 per cent complete with 220m of new pipeline laid via our directional drilling method. A further 100m will be shortly installed using the more traditional open cut trenching method.
Update 1 April, 2019
We are currently making the final service connection to the new main and reinstating the road surface and hope to finish this scheme on Friday of this week. We thank local people for their patience and cooperation while this project was undertaken.
6. Richmead Gardens, Mayfield
The current water main in Richmead Gardens is in a poor condition and to help improve the quality of tap water supplied through our network of underground pipes, we are planning a scheme to install 270 metres of new water main in Richmead Gardens and South Street.
7. Stonehurst Lane, Five Ashes
This project will involve the installation of 997 metres of new water main along Stonehurst Lane. The new pipe will replace the current unreliable pipe, and help reduce bursts in the area.
Planning is still underway on the majority of these projects but further information and updates will be added to this web page and sent to affected customers as the plans progress.