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Thousands of families have spent a second day without water despite round the clock efforts to reconnect them - after a leak described as 'unprecedented'.
Up to ten thousand homes in Hailsham and the surrounding area lost their supply yesterday when a water main burst on the A22 Diplocks Roundabout.
It caused extensive flooding and while many homes have been reconnected, many still don't know when they'll have water - relying on bottled supplies instead. Andy Dickenson reports.
The water main which burst leaving thousands without water in the Hailsham area has been repaired.
South East Water’s crews this lunchtime completed the work on the pipe at the Diplock roundabout, which burst at 5am on Sunday.
Water supplies should start to be restored to most properties early this evening.
Bottled water is currently located at Hailsham Leisure Centre, Vicarage Lane, BN27 2AX and South East Water is continuing to deliver water to vulnerable customers registered with the company.
More than 4,500 homes in Sussex remain without water despite staff working to restore the supply since the water main burst yesterday.
Following the burst at 5am on Sunday, South East Water re-routed supplies to its network of underground pipes to Eastbourne, Polegate, Pevensey and Sovereign Harbour last night.
The water company say the delay is down to flooding caused by the burst pipe - and have apologised for the time taken to restore supplies.
As thousands of homes remain without water in Sussex, South East Water say they currently estimate supplies will be restored by early this evening.
The water company are supplying residents with free bottled water at Hailsham Leisure Centre car park - and working to deliver vulnerable customers in the local area.
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South East Water says it has been working through the night to repair a burst on a large 18-inch water main on the A22, Diplocks roundabout.
The company had to bring in specialist pumps to remove the large amount of water in the area following the burst before the repair could begin.
The A22 at Diplocks roundabout will be opened this morning, however one lane will remain closed while South East Water works to repair the section of damaged pipe.
South East water says customers in Hailsham are still experiencing no water but other areas affected will start seeing their water returning shortly.
Engineers are on site at a burst main on the A22 at the Diplock roundabout junction. South East Water has apologised to customers for any inconvenience and is providing free bottled water to customers at Hailsham Leisure Centre Car Park.