Burst main leaves homes in Lichfield without water

Homes in Lichfield have been left without water this afternoon.

South Staffs Water say a burst water main has affected homes across the city and in Tamworth.

The company say some properties will be without water, while others have issues with low pressure.

A spokesperson added: “We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

“Our employees and network partners are working on site and using all available resources to ensure the water supply is restored as quickly as possible.

“We will continue to update customers regarding the situation as more information becomes available.

“When the supply is restored, it is possible some customers may experience brown or milky water. This discolouration is caused because the water main has been disturbed. Customers are advised to run their cold water supply until the water runs clear.”

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7 Comments

  1. Atilla the Nun

    17th September, 2015 at 9:33 am

    “Customers are advised to run their cold water supply until the water runs clear.”

    Great, extra cost for metered customers because of their mess.

  2. Chris

    17th September, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Very true, it might cost as much as a penny to run through enough water for it to clear.

  3. Atilla the Nun

    17th September, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    So, at a penny each, that’s ~£2000 extra income across Lichfield and Tamworth? Not bad for a day’s work.

  4. Chris

    17th September, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I don’t think it applies to everyone. Just seen the photo of Tipper’s car park awash with the water. Seems someone working on the railway went through the main.

  5. Mark

    17th September, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Don’t be such a sourpuss. SSW scrambled a load of people and machinery to fix the problem whilst supplying bowsers to ensure people had access to water. I’m sure it cost them **way** more than a penny per household.

  6. Asellus aquaticus

    17th September, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    According to the report the burst didn’t affect all of the 75,000 dwellings across the whole of Lichfield and Tamworth districts, most of which are not on water meters, so not quite sure where your £2,000 comes from…

  7. JCJ

    17th September, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    We noticed the water was a funny colour last night when filling the bath. No way was I running the water until it cleared as we too are on a meter. We just boiled anything we wanted to drink. No tummy problems and water looks fine today.