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Water main burst affects 35,000

Published on: 04 Aug 2017

PEOPLE living in Hanham, Longwell Green, Bitton and Willsbrige were among those affected when a burst water main left thousands of households without water.

Bristol Water described it as "one of the biggest incidents in our history".

The water main burst in Willsbridge at about midnight on Tuesday July 18, causing chaos with an estimated 35,000 homes left without water.

Schools were forced to close and community organisations were turned away from their usual venues.

Most schools reopened on July 20, although some in Keynsham remained closed the following day.

Bristol Water set up a bowser in Longwell Green after complaints of the lack of emergency water supplies in the area.

Other bowsers were set up in Ashton Way and Waitrose car park in Keynsham.

Supply was returned on July 20 with Bristol Water saying customers may experience cloudy water or discolouration but this would clear if taps were left running for a couple of minutes.

A Bristol Water spokesman said: "This has been one of the biggest incidents in our history.

"Thank you to everyone in the community who rallied around supporting each other to get water to those who needed it. We appreciate this was a difficult situation and we know how important water is to your everyday life."


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