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Water turned off for thousands as suppliers struggle to cope with burst pipes

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Thousands of people in parts of north Lancashire are without water after supplies were turned off because of burst pipes and leaks.

The water was switched off in parts of Morecambe and Lancaster on Monday for 24 hours after problems caused by the cold snap thawing leading to burst pipes.

The BBC also reported that United Utilities (UU), which supplies water throughout the north west of England, has set up bottled water stations in the area.

However, the firm said it made the decision to make sure vital services like local hospitals still had running water.

UU said that leaks and burst pipes were being increasingly reported on their customers’ properties as well as throughout the water network. This meant that because demand was outrunning supply, the firm had to take measures to safeguard its supplies for as many customers as possible.

UU said the “difficult decision” was made to turn off supply to properties in the Morecambe, White Lund, West End, Bare and Sandylands area for 24 hours.

Phil Sweeney, central operations director, said: “We have been working hard over the past few days to repair leaks as quickly as possible and increase production at our water treatment works, but unfortunately we have reached the stage where very difficult decisions have to be made.

“Turning off supply to some parts of Morecambe allows us to safeguard other areas and key sites, including hospitals, and will give us time to refill our network storage.

“Vulnerable customers on our priority services register, as well as places such as care homes, will receive bottled water deliveries.”

The decision by UU comes after more than 30,000 homes and businesses were left without running water on Monday night after pipes burst across the country as the cold snap thawed, bringing heavy rainfall and floods.

Sussex and Kent were worst affected, with 15,000 South East

Thousands of people in parts of north Lancashire are without water after supplies were turned off because of burst pipes and leaks. The water was switched off in parts of Morecambe and Lancaster on Monday for 24 hours after problems caused by the cold snap thawing leading to burst pipes. UU said that leaks and burst pipes were being increasingly reported on their customers' properties as well as throughout the water network.

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