Burst pipe causes water problems for Wath folk

DOZENS of homes suffered water shortages after a pipe burst in Wath-upon-Dearne.

Yorkshire Water received calls from around 60 householders after the foot-wide pipe leaked under Church Street.

Callers complained of low or no water pressure from around 5pm on Sunday, prompting engineers to investigate.

They re-routed water to supply affected homes and sent a team to fix the pipe which took until around 4am on Monday.

Yorkshire Water spokeswoman Louise Turner said that homes were only affected for around two hours.

She added: “We’re sorry if people were without water and we realise that it’s inconvenient, but this burst could not have been predicted.

“We hope that getting the water back on quickly meant that this wasn’t too much of a problem.”

Louise ruled out cold weather as a cause of the burst, saying that it was more likely down to the age of the water supply network.

She said: “A lot of our network is very old and around five percent is more than 110 years old.

“We have a big investment programme to replace pipes slowly, but it’s not something we can do with a wave of a wand.”

Yorkshire Water are upgrading water treatment works in Mexborough at a cost of £5.5 million, in order to keep the River Don clean.