Burst wa­ter main causes loss of sup­ply overnight

Uxbridge Gazette - - News - By KATY CLIFTON katy.clifton@reach­plc.com Twit­ter: @Katy_Clifton1

RES­I­DENTS in parts of Uxbridge were left with­out wa­ter sup­plies overnight on Satur­day af­ter a wa­ter main burst in Cow­ley.

At around 11.40pm, homes in Cow­ley were left with no wa­ter sup­ply or with re­duced pres­sure due to a burst wa­ter main in High Street.

A tech­ni­cian from Affin­ity Wa­ter ar­rived on site and be­gan iso­lat­ing the dam­aged pipework, dur­ing which time Cow­ley res­i­dents were asked not to use dishwashers or wash­ing ma­chines. Wa­ter was later di­verted to Cow­ley from sur­round­ing ar­eas, but Cow­ley High Road, Old Mill Lane and Packet Boat Lane were thought to be af­fected un­til 10.30am.

A spokesman for Affin­ity Wa­ter said on its web­site that com­pli­ca­tions meant the re­pairs took longer than ex­pected but the pipe has now been re­stored.

They wrote at 10.30am on Sun­day: “We have suc­cess­fully re­paired the burst wa­ter main and an­tic­i­pate full restora­tion of your wa­ter sup­ply.

“Should you ex­pe­ri­ence any dis­coloured or aer­ated wa­ter, which is not un­com­mon fol­low­ing a mains in­ter­rup­tion, we rec­om­mend that you leave a mains-fed tap run­ning for five to 10 min­utes.

“Dis­coloura­tion of the wa­ter is caused by small par­ti­cles of iron which are within the mains and dis­turbed dur­ing in­ter­rup­tions.

“Cloudy wa­ter is caused by air that be­comes trapped in the mains. Nei­ther of these are harm­ful to your health.

“We are sorry for the in­con­ve­nience caused by this in­ci­dent and would like to thank our cus­tomers for their pa­tience to­day.”

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