Water outage latest: Pipe repaired

Yorkshire Water engineers digging at the site of the burst water pipe
Yorkshire Water engineers digging at the site of the burst water pipe

The burst water pipe that left thousands of people without water in the Pocklington area has been repaired.

About 5,000 people have been affected by the outage, after the water main burst Monday afternoon.

Yorkshire Water have apologised for the disruption.

A spokesperson said: “The repair to the burst water pipe is now complete and tap water will be restored to the majority of affected homes by early this evening. Until tap water is fully restored, water collection points will remain in place at The Oval, Pocklington Fire Station and Francis Scaife Sports Centre - if you cannot get to these locations please contact us and we will do our best to deliver it to your home.

“The first time you turn on your tap there might be air in the system, but we would like to reassure that this is perfectly normal and will soon disappear.

“We have technicians on the ground in Pocklington and surrounding areas to ensure water is returning as planned and will provide updates once tap water is returned to all the affected homes.”

Schools in Pocklington also shut today because of the outage.

St Mary and St Joseph Primary, Pocklington Community Junior School, Woldgate School and Pocklington Infant School all closed for the day.

A statement on Woldgate’s Facebook page said: “Yorkshire Water are unable to reconnect the water supply to the school. The school cannot open without a water supply to the kitchen and toilet facilities. We apologise for the disruption this will cause pupils and parents, but we have no option, following advice from Yorkshire Water, but to close the school today (Tuesday).

“We will continue to work closely with Yorkshire Water in the interim.”