MAJOR work, scheduled to take five months to complete, starts on Monday to lay new water mains in Lodsworth and Lurgashall.
The first stage of Southern Water’s scheme to reduce the risk of bursts and leaks will take place along a section of Surrey Road, Lodsworth, from Smithbrook, heading north.
Temporary traffic lights will be installed and are expected to be in place for about five months while the new main is laid along the road in phases.
Mains will also be replaced in The Croft and Oakfield in Lodsworth, and Greengates and a small section of Mill Lane, Lurgashall, starting from August 20. This is part of a wider scheme to replace water mains in the area between now and April next year.
Southern Water and its contractor Clancy Docwra have liaised with West Sussex County Council highways department and the parish councils ahead of work starting.
The company says it will keep residents updated on progress throughout the scheme and an information drop-in day will be organised.
Southern Water project manager Peter Simmons said: “The water mains in this area have served us well but some are starting to show their age.
This project will reduce bursts and leaks, helping to maintain reliable supplies to our customers.
“Customers affected by the early stages of this scheme have been contacted, as have the parish council, and a drop-in information day will be organised as soon as the full programme of work is confirmed with the local authorities.
“Our priority is to ensure the work is carried out as quickly as possible, while keeping disruption to a minimum.