Burst water main closes school and leaves more than 400 homes in Somerset without water

PUBLISHED: 16:05 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:07 27 June 2018

Brent Knoll Primary School sent children home this afternoon.

Brent Knoll Primary School sent children home this afternoon.


More than 400 homes are without water this afternoon (Wednesday) and one school has been closed after a water main burst.

Homes in Brent Knoll, Burnham-on-Sea and the surrounding villages have had their water supplies turned off by Bristol Water to facilitate repairs after a main burst yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.

Brent Knoll Primary School sent children at noon today as it had no water supplies in the hot weather.

While repair work continues, people in Blackford, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Watchfield, Edithmead and Mark may be experiencing low water pressure or temporary loss of supply.

A spokesman for Bristol Water said: “After our crew arrived to the site and started investigating the situation, it became clear the works would be problematic due to the location of the burst, which is under the A38.

“To make sure people in the area were not without water, three bowsers have been delivered in Brent Knoll, Mark and Burnham.

“In the early hours of this morning, the water supply was restored in Rooksbridge, albeit with low pressure which we hope to rise during the day, by diverting water from other sources.

“This is normal in situations like this, and we are asking customers not to be concerned. We are fully aware of the issue and are working hard to resolve it.

“Bottled water will also be delivered to schools as well as our registered vulnerable customers in the affected area.

“Unfortunately, we are unable to deliver water to individual customers unless they are already registered on our vulnerable customer list, so we ask you to speak to your neighbours if you are unable to collect water yourself.

“We would like to thank our customers for their on-going patience and ask them to accept our apologies for any inconvenience.”

People are urged to visit www.bristolwater.co.uk/help-support for updates.

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