Trimley water supply drought

HUNDREDS of households today woke up to breakfast time without life's big essential – no, not cornflakes, but a lack of water.After a day of torrential rain, villagers in Trimley found that when they turned on their taps nothing was coming out.

HUNDREDS of households today woke up to breakfast time without life's big essential – no, not cornflakes, but a lack of water.

After a day of torrential rain, villagers in Trimley found that when they turned on their taps nothing was coming out.

Many of the families live within site of the Trimley Water Tower, which supplies the Felixstowe area. The area affected stretched from High Road around the churches up in to Trimley St Martin and the St martin's Green estate.

Trimley St Mary primary school was not affected.


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Becky Doughty from Anglian Water said that the problems were probably caused due to work being carried out so that the high water pressure in Trimley could be lowered, but although it was being monitored no problems had been spotted.

She said: "However as soon as the call was logged engineers were sent to sort the problem and the village was back on supply by lunchtime."

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She added the Spriteshall water tower which provides the area with water will be closed within the next twelve months and pumps will be used instead. To protect the new pipes, the pressure had to be reduced.

Thomas Huggins of Gaymers Lane,Trimley St Mary said he was annoyed that Anglia Water had not informed them that their water would be cut off.

"The poor old couple two doors away from here, he came round, he's 89, he's quite worried, he was worried about his toilets,

"I'm not very pleased we pay our water rates, when they don't let you know it is very naughty."

He said that normally leaflets came round to inform them there would be a change, but this time they just woke up this morning to find only a trickle of water was available.

Mr Huggins however had a back up supply of water in his garden, in water butts.

Andy Green, landlord of the Three Mariners, was also suffering. He said the water pressure had been very low yesterday morning but had got better during the morning.

"It was only a trickle but then it seemed to come right later on and I just thought the water people were doing some work in the area. Today though there is nothing – no water coming out of the cold tap and we cannot flush the loo. We have not been told anything," he said.

It was ironic that while the pub was stocked full of drink – the lack of clean glasses could mean it cannot be served.

"I hope it improves before opening time or it will be very difficult indeed.

"We use a washer to clean the glasses and we are not supposed to clean them by hand. There is a bit of water in the hot tank, but once that is gone we would soon run out of glasses and then could not serve anyone."

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