The burst water main has been repaired
Water supplies should now be restored after the burst.

A burst water main in South Chailey which left properties without water today (Friday, 19) has been repaired.

Supplies should now be back to normal, after technicians worked throughout the day to fix the problem, according to South East Water.

The incident happened last night and caused ‘extensive damage’ to a 15 inch diameter pipe.

Customers in the Barcombe, Ditchling, Plumpton and Chailey area were left without water for a time and a number of schools also closed.

A spokesperson for South East Water said a number of bottled water stations were set up and deliveries made to vulnerable customers.

Bottled water in Ditchling
Bottled water was made available

Steve Andrews, Incident Manager at South East Water, said:

“Our technicians worked extremely hard to re-route our water network quickly to make sure we restored water supplies to our customers as quickly as possible.

“This was done carefully to protect the water mains system against further bursts by releasing the water into the network slowly and in a controlled manner.

“The repair has now been completed and supplies are now returning to properties.

“I would like thank all of our customers affected by loss of water or low pressure for their patience and co-operation while the work to fix the burst water pipe took place and we are sorry for any disruption caused.”