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Crowborough water pipeline gets £185,000 investment

31 August 2023
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South East Water is replacing a 300 metre section of Crowborough pipeline that has burst 17 times in the last five years.

This Crowborough project is part of South East Water’s wider initiative that involves over £489 million in improving water infrastructure between 2020 and 2025.

Jeremy Dufour, Project Manager for South East Water, said: “A water main reaching the end of its working life can begin to become unreliable and this can result in bursts, leaks and unexpected disruption to the surrounding community.

''We know how much frustration this causes to our customers and motorists when roads are impacted.

“The volume of bursts on this section of pipeline in Steep Road, Crowborough is unacceptable to us and by replacing the pipeline, we’ll be securing the flow of top quality drinking water to residents now and reducing the need to repair the pipe in the future.”

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The project got underway two days ago, 29 August,  and is expected to take approximately 11 weeks to complete. The work will take place between the properties ‘Rumsden’ and ‘Shambles Cottage’.

Phil Jones, Head of Leakage Operations for South East Water, added: “I’m delighted to see another project to replace an unreliable water main about to start.

“Leaks and bursts do happen on our 9,000 miles of pipes and although the majority are repaired, where we have a consistently unreliable water main.

''Engineering projects such as this scheme in Crowborough are vital to improving our infrastructure, protecting the long term supply of water to the area, and reducing unexpected disruption to the community.”

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Tom Kilkelly started working as a freelance journalist for The Business Magazine following his graduation from UCL in 2022.

During his studies Tom became very interested in the works of Irish authors including Samuel Beckett and Flann O'Brien (Brian O'Nolan).

His current role as a freelance business reporter is his first exposure to the world of business journalism. Working at TBM has given Tom the chance to really get to grips with the goings-on in the business hive that is the South East.

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