Concerns for welfare of farm animals as thousands of Cumbrian homes have limited water supply

Farmers in the Eden Valley have raised fears that ongoing water supply problems are putting livestock at serious risk.

Around 8,000 homes and businesses across the district have experienced water supply issues. Engineers completed repairs on a storm damaged pipe near Shap on Wednesday evening.

United Utilities says it has set up a dedicated helpline for affected farmers and is working with the agricultural industry to make sure animals have access to water.

One farmer who contacted ITV Border anonymously said that the shortages were "getting to crisis point and if it carries on much longer animals could die."

Medical services are also affected with GP practices in Shap and Glenridding contacting patients to arrange alternative locations for their appointments.

Meanwhile the A6 is closing between Shap and Kendal from 6pm on 12 February until 6am on 13 February while pipe repair work continues.

Water stations - where affected households can collect free bottled water - are continuing to operate at the following locations:

  • Glenridding Village Hall, Penrith, CA11 OQA

  • The Crown Inn, Ivegill, CA4 0PT

  • Shap Memorial Hall, Shap, Penrith CA10 3NL

  • Market Square, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4QN

  • Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6XE

  • Pooley Bridge Village Hall, Pooley Bridge, Penrith, CA10 2NL

  • Greystoke Village Greystoke, Penrith, CA11 0TP

  • Tebay Services (Northbound), Westmorland Place, Orton, CA10 3SB

"We’re doing everything we can to fix this pipe as quickly as possible, but the conditions our teams are working in are horrendous. The cold weather is hampering activities, particularly welding the pipework.

Dr Martin Padley, United Utilities

The helpline for farmers is 0345 072 6071.