Thousands left without water

Almost 8,000 homes across Birmingham are this afternoon without water after a "large water main" burst.

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Birmingham's water supply 'slowly being restored'

The water supply to thousands of homes across Birmingham is "slowly being restored" to normal following a major water mains burst, Severn Trent Water have said.

The firm has urged people to stay patient as it may still take time for the network to fill back up.

A spokesperson also warned people their water might be slightly yellow or orange - but said there was no imminent risk to health and it should return to normal if left running for a few minutes.

We will of course be monitoring this, but if you should experience a slight yellow/orange discolouration, please don’t worry.

If you do experience any discolouration, just leave your cold tap running for a short period (usually about 20 minutes) and your supply will return to normal.

We’d like to thank all of our customers for their patience – we know it can be a real inconvenience to be without a water supply and we’re really sorry for any problems this has caused.

– Severn Trent Water

Demand for bottled water soars as taps still dry

Supermarket shelves are being emptied of bottled water as homes in Birmingham have been left with little or no supply since this morning.

Thousands of homes in the city have been hit by supply issues after a water main burst earlier today.

Much of the stock of large bottles of water has gone at the Tesco in Spring Hill Credit: Supplied picture

Severn Trent Water has said it is moving water around the network and bringing in a fleet of tankers to try to restore water supply as soon as possible.

They hope to get 2,900 homes in Great Barr back up and running within a couple of hours, along with 1,500 homes in Northfield.

A further 2,700 houses in the Bartley Green and Woodgate areas and 600 in Selly Oak have also been affected.

One customer fills their trolley with bottled water Credit: Supplied picture

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Thousands of homes in Birmingham without water

Thousands of people across Birmingham are this afternoon without water after a "large water main" burst.

Almost 8,000 homes in Great Barr, Northfield, Selly Oak, Bartley Green and Woodgate are among those who have no water or low pressure.

Some of the areas currently affected by the mains burst Credit: Severn Trent Water/Google Maps

A spokesperson for Severn Trent Water said engineers were now on site and trying to find a solution.

He added:

We’re really sorry and hope this isn't causing too much trouble.

We are doing all we can to restore supplies as quickly as possible.

Our incident team have identified some options to restore some supplies and are putting these plans into action.

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