Preston water shortage: United Utilities describe burst pipe repair as ‘tricky’

The water pipe which has burst leaving hundreds of Preston homes without a full water supply has been described as a ‘tricky repair’.

Engineers are on site in Cumeragh Lane, Whittingham, working to patch up the 18-inch pipe.

Since 5 am on Friday (10 March) homes have reported a loss of water pressure or a complete lack of supply.

United Utilities says it has successfully redirected water from another pipe to serve some homes – which are due to see supplies restored by lunchtime.

Prestonians have been thanked for their patience while the repair work continues.

No estimate has been given for when all water supplies will be restored to affected properties in the PR2 and PR3 postcodes – only ‘this afternoon’ and ‘several hours’ following the update at 12.25pm on Friday.

A number of schools in the Fulwood area have been forced to close due to the water issue.

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