Bottled water stations reopen after burst pipe leaves residents without supply in Blackburn and Darwen
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Householders in Blackburn and Darwen were left without water or low pressure after a pipe burst at Old Farmside, Ewood, on Saturday (August 14).
Bottled water stations were subsequently opened on what became one of the hottest weekends of the year, with temperatures reaching around 29C.
United Utilities worked to repair the pipe throughout the weekend, with taps predicted to start flowing again on Sunday (August 15) as engineers bypassed the burst water main.
While it was later confirmed the “majority of customers” had access to water again, some residents remained without on Monday (August 15).
“For those customers still affected our bottled water stations ... will re-open at 8am,” a spokesman for United Utilities said.
“We thank you for your continued patience and are working hard to get your taps flowing again and thank you for your understanding.”
The problem was first investigated at around 10am on Saturday after residents in the BB1, BB2 and BB3 areas began to report no water or low pressure.
Engineers later found the issue was due to the burst water main in Ewood – a pipe that is 5m underground and as deep as a two-storey house.
Tankers were sent to pump extra water into the pipes while bottled water stations were set up to provide free water to residents without a supply.
United Utilities later confirmed automatic compensation payments would be made to anyone who had gone without water for more than 12 hours.