Bottled water stations open in Morecambe after taps run dry for thousands

Bottled water stations have been set up in parts of north Lancashire after thousands of people were left without water.

Engineers from United Utilities turned-off supply from the area's reservoirs after "multiple" leaks and bursts effectively began emptying pipes on their network.

The water company have told customers they are "gradually" restoring supplies.

Packs of water are being handed out to those arriving at the stations. Credit: ITV News

United Utilities say the damage was caused by the "thaw" after last week's severe cold weather and that most of the leaks were in homes and businesses.

They add they did not take decision to cut supplies "lightly" and promise those affected will receive compensation.

Spokesperson Helen Apps said, at one stage, water was pouring out of the mains system faster than they could refill it.

Until the supply is fully restored, bottled water is being provided at three different locations in the town:

  • Mathias Street Car Park, Mathias Street, Morecambe, LA5 5JR

  • Morecmbe FC, ‘The Mazuma Stadium, Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe, LA4 4TB

  • Morecambe Festival Market car park, Marine Road, Morecambe, LA4 4DW.

The bottled water stations are open until 8pm.

United Utilities say they will keep residents updated via their website.

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