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Water supply to 26 homes shut off as pipe bursts
WATER was shut off to 26 homes in Worcester yesterday after a pipe burst in Dines Green.
The properties in Drake Avenue were still without water when your Worcester News went to press last night as engineers carried out emergency repairs.
Homes in surrounding streets were also affected when tap water was left discoloured by the disruption to the supply.
Severn Trent Water were called to Drake Avenue at about lunch-time yesterday to deal with the burst pipe and engineers had to shut off the supply while repairs were carried out. Steve Knight, of Penhill Crescent, which backs onto Drake Avenue, contacted Severn Trent after he noticed the tap water at his home had turned a greeny-brown colour and smelled of sewerage.
The 23-year-old said: “We thought it might have been a blocked drain, but it wasn’t. We called Severn Trent and somebody from Comer Gardens and Drake Avenue had also reported problems.
“It’s a bit worrying. Having clean, running water is something we take for granted and rely on. My dad’s been up to the shop and stocked up on water. Hopefully it’s something they can sort out soon.”
Worcester News readers commenting on our Facebook page said properties in nearby Tudor Way had also been affected.
A spokesman at Severn Trent Water said: “We had a burst water pipe on Drake Avenue in Worcester reported to us at lunchtime [yesterday]. “While none of our customers’ water supply was affected, some did have slightly discoloured water.
“We went out immediately to investigate and are now carrying out the repairs. “Unfortunately, we’ve had to shut off water supply to 26 properties in the local area while we complete repairs to the damaged section of pipe.
“Discoloured water poses no risk and sometimes occurs when the water pipe is disturbed by a burst.
“We advise customers to just run their tap for around a minute or so and the water should run clear.
“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and assure our customers that we are working as quickly as possible to complete the repairs, so that we can bring water supply back to those affected.”