Water shortage in town centre caused by burst pipe

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A BURST pipe caused havoc in Motherwell’s town centre last week adding to the problems of heavy downpours that flooded parts of central Scotland.

The underground pipe situated close to The Brandon Works Weatherspoon pub on Merry Street burst on Thursday morning while contractors were carrying out work in the area.

Nearby businesses and homes were left without water for a short period of time as a 30-foot jet of water shot into the air spraying passers-by.

Scottish Water, however, say the situation could have been worse had their engineers not redistributed the water mains network.

The spokesman said: “Scottish Water engineers were called to repair a water main burst by external contractors working in the Merry Street area of Motherwell.

“In order to keep as many customers as possible in supply it was necessary to redistribute the water mains network.

“Engineers completed this complicated repair later in the afternoon. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

The spokesman added: “We would ask customers to report such issues as soon as possible to our Customer Helpline on 0845 601 8855, in order that we can quickly make repairs.”