Woodhatch water mains: A217 has reopened

Work taking place on Sunday on the A217 north of Hartswood Sports Ground (crew are just out of picture). (Photo by reigate.uk)

A closed section of the A217 just north of Hartwsood Sports Ground has reopened after water mains burst on Saturday morning (6 June).

In a final update tweet on Monday (8 June) ahead of the road’s reopening, SES Water said the concrete was laid on Sunday but had needed time to set.  The company repeated earlier apologies for the disruption.

In all, three mains burst over the weekend: in Dovers Green Road and Sandcross Lane on Saturday, and at the junction of Hardwick Road and Arbutus Road in Meadvale on Sunday.

SES Water said on Sunday on Twitter that it’s not unusual for a burst to cause others 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”.

At both sets of incidents SES Water provided bottled water during the hours when residents were without a supply, with updates provided on the company’s website.

Two mains also burst in the Dovers Green Road area in February 2015, requiring a road closure of nearly a week.