Burst water main leaves households in north Ipswich without water as Sproughton Primary School shuts
- Credit: Anglian Water
Homes across a large area of north Ipswich, Sproughton and Bramford have little or no water supply this morning – and Sproughton Primary School has closed its doors due to a burst water main.
Anglian Water bosses have said the fault, which they were notified of at around 6am, has interrupted the water supply.
It is not clear yet how many people have been affected but several residents have already woken up to discover they have no water at all.
An Anglian Water spokesman said: “We’re really sorry but some customers in Ipswich may have very low water pressure or no water at all.
“We’ve got a burst main that we’re working hard to locate and get fixed, so that we can get the supply back to normal as soon as possible.
“This should be by 12pm today, however this is an estimate at the moment, as the burst must first be located.”
Sproughton Primary School is closed today because they have no working toilets or drinking water.
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A spokesman for the school said: “We have got no toilets, no drinking water so we have been advised not to open today because of health and safety reasons.”
Anglian Water chiefs are warning homeowners that when water comes back on it may look cloudy or discoloured.
If this happens, residents are being urged to run their taps for a few minutes and it should clear.
Anglian Water has this afternoon issued an update stating that work to repair the burst main was ongoing, and was expected to be fixed by 10pm.
The statement added: “We’re still working on the repair to the burst water main but in order to get your water running we have re-routed supplies from the wider area/are using water tankers to pump water directly into the main.
“Work on the burst pipe at Sproughton, Ipswich will continue and your pressure may be lower than normal until the full repair is completed.
“We apologise for any traffic disruption this may also cause.
“We expect the repair to be complete and the mains supply to be fully restored back to normal by 10pm today.”