Burst water main causes problems in March

Residents in March and the surrounding villages have had water problems today after a major water main burst in the early hours of this morning (Friday).

Hundreds of homes have been affected, with low water pressure being the main inconvenience as water is diverted from other areas.

Some people were left without water between 2am and 4am before the water was diverted, but due to the time of day, most will not have noticed.

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “We’re sorry for customers in March and surrounding areas that have been affected by a burst 18 inch water main.

“Hundreds of customers in these areas have been experiencing lower than usual water pressure and some may have cloudy or discoloured water.

“To make sure people were kept supplied engineers reversed the flow of water through nearby pipes. This disturbed natural sediment in the pipes causing the discolouration. We appreciate that this looks unpleasant but can assure customers that it is harmless and poses no risk to health.

“The water should clear in time and engineers are doing what they can to speed up this process. Regrettably the cloudy colour is likely to remain in some areas until the burst main is fully repaired.

“This is a large main and is quite deep – some three-and-a-half metres – underground. Given this and the freezing weather, the repair may take some hours to complete. Again, we are working hard in what are difficult conditions to get work finished as quickly as we safely can.

“Once again we apologise for the inconvenience and disruption this will cause.”