Burst water pipe leads to shut businesses

PUBLISHED: 19:10 08 June 2011

Many businesses were without water for the entirety of Sunday

Many businesses were without water for the entirety of Sunday


A BURST water mains pipe led to several businesses closing in Burnham on Sunday, with some businesses reportedly considering compensation claims.

The 300mm pipe operated by Bristol Water below Loves Lane burst on Saturday night, leaving large parts of the town without water, or with low pressure, and some businesses were force to close the following day.

Among the businesses affected were The Reed’s Arms and Waterfront Bar on The Esplanade, and Geri’s Bistro and The Cottage Café in College Street.

Martin Lloyd, owner of the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street which offered a limited service, said: “We were OK as we had a large water tank, but it badly affected some of the other businesses, some of whom are looking at compensation.

“What with it being the last Sunday of the bank holiday week, it was a very bad day’s trade all in all.”

Jeremy Williams, a spokesman for Bristol Water, said on the compensation claims: “Compensation is only available for bigger mains like the one in Loves Lane if businesses have been affected for more than 48 hours.

“We would expect businesses to have enough water to last for a day, but if any business thinks that they lost trade, and can establish this through their accounts, they are welcome to report it to us.”

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