Burst water main in Meadvale – service restored

Water running down the slope on Sunday morning.  Repair workers, and bottled water, are just out of picture. (Photo by reigate.uk)

Water supplies in Meadvale were fully restored on Sunday afternoon (7 June), according to SES Water, after a mains burst earlier that morning at the junction of Hardwick Road and Arbutus Road.

The burst followed two that happened a mile or so away on Saturday in Woodhatch, in Dovers Green Road and Sandcross Lane.  Water services were also restored there, although a section of the A217 remains closed until at least late on Monday.

SES Water said on Sunday on Twitter that it’s not unusual for a burst to cause a few more close by, as the pipework can be disrupted by pressure changes.

The company added that it had the “lowest burst rate in the country and this weekend’s incidents are rare”.

The Meadvale burst initially affected the water supply to a number of roads.

In an update on its website at 4.30pm on Sunday, SES Water said: “We’re pleased to report that water has now been restored to Hardwick Road and Greystones Close, the two remaining streets affected by a burst water main at the corner of Arbutus Road and Hardwick Road in Reigate.

“We are very sorry for the disruption caused and would like to thank everyone for their patience while our engineers worked as quickly as they could to resolve this issue.”

Bottled water was made available during the incident (as it was in the previous day’s Woodhatch problems).