Pocklington water pipe burst hits thousands

Published: Wednesday 25th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Four schools had to remain shut after a burst main left them and hundreds of homes in an East Yorkshire market town without water.

While engineers worked round the clock to repair the broken pipe, Yorkshire Water delivered bottled water to thousands of customers in and around Pocklington.

The water company has issued an apology to those in the town and nearby villages who have been affected.

Properties were left without water from about 12 noon on Monday (November 23) but the burst main – beneath a gully in a field – could not be located until about 1am the following the morning.

Yorkshire Water set up water collection points in the area but also delivered directly to vulnerable customers’ homes.

The company urged people to use their bottled water sparingly and pledged to work round the clock to restore the water supply to about 2,300 homes and other properties.

As well as the schools, East Riding of Yorkshire Council shut several public buildings, including a leisure centre.

The council called on people to keep checking on elderly and vulnerable neighbours to ensure they had sufficient supplies of bottled water.

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Published: Wednesday 25th November 2015 by The News Editor

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