- More than 10,000 homes and businesses affected after a mains pipe burst
- Thirteen schools in Tewkesbury were closed as repair work got underway
- Severn Trent Water handed out 296,000 litres of bottles water to its customers
Around 10,000 people were left without running water for a second day after a mains pipe burst.
Thirteen schools were also closed in Tewkesbury, North Gloucestershire, as major repair works were underway to repair the burst pipe.
Severn Trent Water has handed out nearly 300,000 litres of bottled water to people as supermarket quickly sold out after the burst.
Severn Trent Water, who are using a helicopter and drones to locate the problem, has apologised, adding that ‘water is gradually returning to normal for customers in Tewkesbury.’
A man stocks up on bottled water at a supermarket in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, where 10,000 homes and businesses were left without running water for a second day
Severn Trent Water has handed out around 300,000 litres of bottled water as the firm works to repair a burst mains pipe
Thirteen schools were also closed in the town as major repair works were underway to repair the burst pipe
Severn Trent Water employees bring some festive cheer to residents coming to collect their bottled water at Tewkesbury School
The firm tweeted said: ‘Thank you to everyone for your understanding today, we really are working as hard as we can to get the water back on, and truly are sorry for the disruption’
Father Christmas is making sure to stay well hydrated while engineers from Severn Trent Water work to fix the burst main
The company said it ‘aims to have everyone restored tonight as quickly as possible.’
Severn Trent Water tankers were also being used to inject water directly into pipes.
A spokesperson told the BBC: ‘As it’s a wide area that’s been affected, it’s a complicated job to get the system back to normal and it will take a while for the pipes to refill, so please bear with us.
‘There may be some intermittent supplies or poor pressure overnight while we get everything sorted.’