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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Water Restored to 30,000 Liverpool and Sefton Homes

A water company has announced that the supplies of thousands of customers who were left without water after a mains pipe broke have been restored.

On Church Road in Liverpool, a mains line burst on Saturday, causing water tanks and free bottle stations to be put up.

The majority of the 30,000 or so impacted houses were reconnected on Sunday.

The final 3,000 houses, according to United Utilities (UU), have now been reconnected.

Unknown was the reason of the rupture, according to a business representative.

The 2ft (60cm) diameter burst pipe, which damaged properties in North Liverpool and South Sefton, was repaired over the course of the weekend by engineers.

Due to the size of the water main and other nearby utility services, Sefton Council called the operation “extremely complicated.”

At water stations, more than 120,000 bottles of water were distributed, and 10,000 bottles were given to nursing homes and UU’s priority service clients.

The company had to “expand the excavation,” according to UU incident manager Charmian Abbott, in order to replace a 20ft (6m) part.

A call would automatically be made to any family that went without water for longer than 12 hours to discuss compensation.

Steve Rotheram, the mayor of Liverpool City Region, tweeted on Sunday that the situation citizens were in was “absolutely intolerable.”

Mr. Rotheram promised to meet with UU to look into the situation.

In addition, the mayor said that he would urge UU to make a gift to a neighborhood food bank as a show of goodwill together with Bootle MP Peter Dowd and Sefton Central’s Bill Esterson.

UU expressed “sincere apologies” and stated that the process for processing compensation for individuals impacted had already begun.

A representative said that 285,000 communications had been sent out to consumers over the course of the weekend in addition to updates on the UU website and social media.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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