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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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UPDATE: Water supply back on after burst pipe affects thousands of homes in South Cumbria

ENGINEERS have repaired a burst water main in Millom which left thousands of homes without water.

A spokeswoman for United Utilities said: "The information from the engineers is that everyone in Millom is back on water and the six tankers will be working through the night to make sure the reservoirs re-fill as much as possible, which they are already starting to do.

"The pipe itself is repaired, but we still have some activities to do on the network, such as re-filling the reservoirs, and flushing the pipes clean. We will try to do this without affecting people’s supply but there may be some temporary discolouration."

United Utilities had confirmed there was a burst watermain in the Foxfield area and two tankers were pumping water into the main in bid to restore a supply while the repair work is carried out.

The burst was in the main supply pipe for Millom and supplied thousands of homes.

The spokeswoman said earlier “We’re really sorry to people in Millom and we are working very hard to return things to normal as quickly as we can.

“Please bear with us.”

Millom School has said it will close at 1.10pm today due to a loss of water - the school said the move was 'precautionary'.

Other schools which have closed are:

  • Park View Nursery;
  • St James' Catholic Primary School;
  • Millom Infant School;
  • Black Combe School;
  • Haverigg Primary School.

 

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