A TEAM of technicians are set to undertake a deep clean of the water network in Sandhurst.

The water work, which will take place in Owlsmoor will take five weeks and is part of South East Water’s ongoing programme to keep tap water running clear.

The process will begin on Monday, February 18 and will involve a cleaning technique called flushing. This involves opening hydrants along the water mains to flush the water through the pipes.

Paul Mann, regional distribution manager at South East Water’s, said: “The fresh drinking water entering our mains after treatment is extremely high quality, however, over time deposits can build up in the pipes, particularly if the water is slow moving.

“Our team of scientists and engineers use information gathered from our customers, from water samples and historical data to develop a program to ensure we flush the areas that need it most.

“We appreciate customers may have concerns about the water used during the process appearing to run to waste, but we only draw through our pipes as much as we need, and once the water reaches its journey’s end, it is directed into the drains to be recycled.”

During the work residents could notice a reduction in water pressure and some discolouration, which can be solved by running the kitchen tap until the water runs clear, South East Water say.

Mr Mann added: “To help minimise the risk of any disruption, we usually avoid flushing between 6am and 8am, and 5pm and 10pm, when demand is highest.”

South East Water is also encouraging anyone with a medical condition, who could be impacted by the interruption to water supply to sign up to their Priority Services Register. For more information, visit: https://southeastwater.co.uk/get-help.