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Life without water: thousands affected by burst main

Water is being given out at two spots in Keynsham. Photo: ITV News

At least 35,000 homes on the outskirts of Bristol are without water this afternoon, after a "catastrophic failure of a water main".

The scene at the burst water main in Willsbridge, Bristol. Credit: Bristol Water
Bottled water being handed out. Credit: ITV News

Two bowsers have been set up for people to collect water - we caught up with residents who braved the queue:

People were asked to bring containers to collect water, and to keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours.

For those who could make the journey to a bowser point, there were queues. Credit: ITV News

A team of engineers have been on site all day and by late morning around half of those affected were reconnected to the water supply.

But it came too late to save a working day in Keynsham - seven schools have been closed and many businesses have had to shut up shop.

A sign letting customers know what they have on offer. Credit: ITV News

Mike Manaei owns a Fish and Chip shop and has been unable to open. He bought lots of bottles of water before the nearest supermarket ran out - and is keeping his fingers crossed that water is coming.

This Fish and Chip shop owner has stocked up on bottled water. Credit: ITV News

We still have to pay rent rate, whatever happens! And if we have no water, how could we possibly open the shop?

I'm desperately hoping!

– Mike Manaei
Karen Ridley checks on her water supply. Credit: ITV News

This hairdresser's in Keynsham is only able to offer dry cuts to customers, and has had to cancel all coloured appointments.

Karen Ridley says people have been understanding - and have rearranged to come in another day.

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