(CTN News) – Some locals have complained that they are now drinking “brown” water because of a broken water pipe that cut off their supply on Christmas Day.
A rupture produced “very poor” pressure and cut off water supplies to about 3,000 people in South Gloucestershire yesterday.
It was “ruined” according to one woman who had a Christmas meal.
To remove discolouration, Bristol Water advised customers to keep the water running.
In a statement, the water business expressed its regret for any inconvenience caused and said that the problem has been resolved permanently. The affected parts of the county, including Winterbourne, Stoke Gifford, and Bradley Stoke, were supplied by the firm.
Bristol Water has stated that the discolouration does not pose a “health concern” in a notice posted on its website.
Starting last night and continuing all day today, residents outside the Winterbourne Road Co-op were given water bottles.
Adel Dickson, a resident who spoke to the BBC outside the convenience shop, explained that her family had to beg other people to acquire water because they don’t have a car.
“Christmas dinner was ruined,” she reported. I was unable to prepare the veggies. We were unable to take a shower or flush the toilets.
Our Christmas Day was destroyed because we thought other people would get water.
Water availability is a positive development, but there can be only one Christmas yearly.
“You spend it with elderly people; their Christmas is ruined, and you don’t know if they will have another Christmas.”
“What else could you do?” Peter Flowers asked before adding, “We drank plenty of wine.” To put it mildly, it was challenging.
“Not very good,” Jackie Miles chimed in. We were unable to utilize the water for anything—flushing the toilets, washing dishes, or drinking.
“There is ambiguity. It would be unsafe to consume. The water is flowing, the toilets are flushing, and the cold water is running, but it is cloudy.
A spokesman for Bristol Water stated: “I can confirm the burst from yesterday has been fixed and we would also like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank our customers for their patience whilst our teams worked hard to fix the burst.”