Work begins to replace water main near Uckfield
Work is beginning to replace 1.6 miles (2.6 km) of a 70-year-old water main which supplies drinking water to homes in East Sussex.
The £400,000 project in the Framfield area, near Uckfield, will replace the existing cast-iron mains with plastic.
South East Water said the old mains had been suffering from an increasing number of bursts.
Work is to begin on Monday in Preston Grove and The Bungalows and move on to The Street the following week.
It has been arranged to coincide with school holidays to minimise traffic disruption.
The project will later continue along the B2102, finishing at Upton Farm by the end of 2010.
"We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience but hope our customers and the wider community understand how important it is that we tackle this work," said David Brend, South East Water delivery manager.
"We hope this short-term pain will be for a long-term gain as we secure drinking water supplies."