5,000 Birkenhead homes hit by burst water pipe
Around 5,000 homes in Birkenhead have been left without water this morning due to a burst pipe.
United Utilities said it detected the leaking water main in Borough Road, near Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park stadium, at around 4am.
The water giant told the ECHO its engineers have been at the scene since 5am trying to fix the problem.
It said water is being brought in through other pipes to supply properties in the area as soon as possible, but high voltage electricity cables have hindered engineers’ work.
Temporary traffic lights have been put in place on Borough Road, at the junction of Prenton Road east and west which are expected to cause long delays for the rest of the day.
A United Utilities spokesman said: “The water is currently off for around 5,000 people. We are bringing water in through other pipes, which is taking time to recharge the main. Water is coming back on and these customers will start to get water soon.
“There are two large high voltage cables belonging to National Grid who supply Birkenhead and we have had to get National Grid out to observe as we go down.
“A traffic light management system has to go in place, which will cause delays this morning and probably for the rest of the day.
“The good News
is that water will be coming back on soon.”
He said the problem may have been caused by an old Victorian water pipe which has burst, and if so, it would be replaced.
He added: “We apologise for any inconvenience and delays on the road.
“The work would have been done quicker but regrettably those cables were there.
“Hopefully people can bear with us as we work with national Grid to get the pipes recharged as quickly as possible.”
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