Anger as burst pipe leaves thousands without water; Schools and 5,000 homes affected.
Byline: SAM LISTER
MORE than 5,000 homes in west Wirral were left without water yesterday after a massive pipe burst.
The water main in Birkenhead Road,Meols, cracked in the early hours spraying water out on to the street by the railway station.
It caused chaos as workers and families from Meols to Hoylake woke up to find their taps ran dry.
Two schools were also forced to close for the day because their water supply had been affected.
Great Meols Primary and Holy Trinity,in Hoylake, told parents to take their children home as none of the toilets were in use.
They were both expected to be open as normal on Monday.
Hoylake Cottage Hospital The original concept of a cottage hospital was a small rural hospital having up to 25 beds. One advantage of such a hospital in villages was the familiarity the local physician might have with their patient that may affect their treatment. was also affected.
The problem started when the water main burst and,by 7am,United Utilities, the company responsible for the pipe, was inundated in·un·date
tr.v. in·un·dat·ed, in·un·dat·ing, in·un·dates
1. To cover with water, especially floodwaters.
2. with calls.
But it was unable to put its normal contingency plan A plan involving suitable backups, immediate actions and longer term measures for responding to computer emergencies such as attacks or accidental disasters. Contingency plans are part of business resumption planning. into practice.Usually, the company would activate its back-up main but it is currently being replaced.
Gaynor Drake,of Bispham Drive,Hoylake, says it was not uncommon for the area.
She said: ``We are always waking up to problems with the water. There was a very faint trickle when I got up. We just look out of the window to see where the leak is. There is always a pipe bursting somewhere.
``My husband had to pick up my daughter from school and drop her off at my work because the school had no water.
``It's certainly not the first time we have had this kind of problem but thankfully I was out for most of the day.'' The burst was the latest in a string of grievances residents have with United Utilities.
Meols councillor Hilary Jones Hilary Jones may refer to:
``It is extremely annoying.'' United Utilities sent out a team of workers to fix the burst and the water supply was restored by about 1pm.
A spokeswoman said: ``A main had burst and it took longer than it usually would to sort it out because our back-up main is being replaced as part of our improvement work.
``The water supply was back on by 1pm. We apologise v. 1. same as apologize.
Verb 1. apologise - defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success" for any inconvenience it may have caused.''