Schools closed after burst water main in the Lewes district

A burst water main is causing water supply problems
South East Water said the burst main is expected to take at least six hours to repair.

Three schools in the Lewes district have been closed today (Friday, 19) after a water main in the area burst last night.

Plumpton Primary School, Barcombe Church of England Primary School and Ditchling (St Margaret’s) Church of England Primary School are affected.

Chailey School is also closed to students, apart from those taking GCSE exams.

South East Water customers in the postcode areas of BN6, BN7, BN8, RH15 and RH17 are currently known to be experiencing water supply problems.

Incident Manager, Andrew Ball, said:

“The burst occurred on one of our 15 inch diameter water mains late last night.

“Our staff and contractors are on site preparing the area to start carrying out repairs to the damaged main.

“Due to the complexity of the burst main, we expect the repair to take at least six hours to complete.

“Our specialist technicians are also attempting to change the flow of water around our network of underground pipes to try and restore supplies to as many people as possible.

“However this may take time because we need to put water back into the network in a controlled manner to prevent further bursts occurring.”

Bottled water is being made available to customers at the following locations:

  • Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, BN6 8TT
  • Chailey School, Mill Lane, BN8 4PU
  • Barcombe Village Hall, Barcombe Mills Road, BN8 5BH.
  • Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, BN7 3AE
Bottled water supplies
Bottled water arrives in Ditchling

Bottled water has also been delivered to vulnerable customers who have already registered with South East Water and those who have contacted the company with additional needs.

Andrew continued:

“Our priority is to get tap water supplies back on as soon as possible.

“We are working to get more bottled water delivered to all areas and we will keep residents updated on our progress.”

“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 soon as possible.”

Updates and more information on the location of alternative water supplies is available online or by calling South East Water on 0333 000 0002.