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Water supply back on in Bristol homes

Bristol Water has called the incident one of the biggest in its history. Credit: ITV News

The water supply to thousands of Bristol homes has been restored after a burst water main in Willsbridge cut off services for many on Wednesday.

Bristol Water has called the incident "one of the biggest" in its history. 35,000 homes across Keynsham, Hanham and Whitchurch were without water and bowsers were brought in to supply residents with drinking water.

Five schools remain closed in Keynsham on Thursday, not confident enough in their water tank's ability to cope. Bristol Water is advising people to run their taps for a short time as the water may be discoloured, which is normal according to the utility company.

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Burst water main: what to do if you've been affected

If you're one of the 35,000 homes in Bristol which were left without water this morning, here is where you can collect some:

  • Ashton Way Car Park - Keynsham
  • Waitrose - Keynsham

A third bowser is said to be on its way.

Bristol Water is asking people to take a clean container for filling if possible, and to report any concerns about vulnerable neighbours.

If your water comes back on and is discoloured then Bristol Water advises running the tap for a minute or two until it runs clear.

Part of Bristol without water after burst main

It's hoped the service will be back to normal by mid morning. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Some residents in the Redland area of Bristol are without water after a burst main.

Bristol Water has a crew working to fix the issue on Clarendon Road. At the moment it's not clear how many households are being affected.

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South West Water: how to fix discolouration problem in Cornwall

Several customers have reported problems with the water colour Credit: Debi Evans

A burst water main is affecting water services in parts of Cornwall, leading to some cases of water discolouration.

Posting on their website, South West Water said they are carrying urgent repair work and apologised for any inconvenience caused.

If your water is discoloured this can be cleared by running from the cold kitchen tap.

– South West Water

Flash 'Flask' Mob gathers in Bristol

Refill Bristol is a city-wide campaign that is promoting drinking water Credit: ITV News

A flash mob has gathered on the Harbourside in Bristol to try and get people to drink more tap water rather than bottled water.

It was organised by 'Refill Bristol' which is a city-wide campaign to promote drinking water, supplied from local reservoirs and provided free by local businesses, cafes, bars and restaurants direct from the tap.

The campaign has come about as part of Bristol's City To Sea initiative which has brought together local environmental experts, marine campaigners and the public who are keen for Bristol as European Green Capital to take action on the marine litter problem, which is receiving increasing coverage nationally and internationally.

We're fortunate to have high quality tap water here in Bristol and we hope Refill Bristol will help Bristolians fall back in love with it - by popping into one of Bristol's excellent cafes and bars and staying hydrated for free!

It's a win-win, saving consumers money whilst helping reduce the amount of plastic bottles we see all over our local riverbanks!

– Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea

Isles of Scilly face a 45 million pound bill to upgrade their water

Water bills on the Isles of Scilly could soar Credit: ITV News

Residents on the Isles of Scilly have been told they face a 45 million pound bill to upgrade their water and sewerage system - to bring them in line with European standards.

Leading councillors on the islands warned today about the impact on tourism - and said water bills could soar - unless alternative funding can be found.

The local council has written to every household on the islands about the proposals.

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