Work will begin on Wednesday (April 5) to clean water mains in Farnborough to safeguard the quality of drinking water.

South East Water engineers will be working in the town for two weeks as part of ongoing maintenance on the company’s underground mains.

The process involves flushing water through the pipes quickly to remove sediment deposits such as iron and manganese from the network.

These naturally-occurring deposits are not harmful but they can cause temporarily discoloured water.

South East Water’s distribution manager Paul Mann said: “Flushing our water mains from start to finish of our network is a very effective way of cleaning the inside of our water mains.

“Once it reaches the end, the flushed water containing these deposits is directed into drains to be recycled.

“We appreciate customers may have concerns about this water appearing to run to waste, but we only draw through our pipes as much as we need.

“We stop flushing once we can see the whole system is running crystal clear as usual.”

South East Water warned that, during the flushing process, customers in the GU14 0 postcode area may notice a reduction in water pressure and some discolouration.

This is temporary and can be resolved by running the kitchen tap until the water runs clear. For more details about the work, go to www.southeastwater.co.uk/TowerHill .