Southern Water crews have been on site since 5.00 am this morning following a major burst on a 24 inch water main on the A259 at Ferring. In the region of 2,000 to 3,000 homes in Worthing and Ferring lost their water supply with many others suffering a loss of pressure.
The main which runs down from the Highdown reservoir has been isolated and work to repair the burst has begun. Southern Water anticipate that the repair will be complete by the early evening. Due to the location of the burst, the Eastbound carriageway of the A259 is likely to remain closed during the evening rush hour.
Southern Water have re-zoned the water supplies via an 18 inch water main and over the course of the morning supplies to the majority of customers were restored. Some customers may still be experiencing lower pressure than normal and there may initially be some air in supplies so they advise customers to let the tap run for a short period before using.
Bottled water was supplied during the morning to vulnerable customers and meals on wheels services in the area.
Southern Water apologise to all their customers affected by the incident and are continuing to work to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. They thank customers for their patience and co-operation at this difficult time.