Ninfield homes without water after power cuts

About 450 properties in East Sussex were without water for more than 24 hours after power cuts stopped pumps from moving supplies round the network.

The taps ran dry in Ninfield about 1:30 GMT on Sunday after power cuts in the Bexhill area on Friday and Saturday.

South East Water said its generators worked initially but further complications later meant water could not be pumped to customers.

It said supplies were returned to normal late on Monday morning.

'Took longer'

Some residents were warned to expect discoloured water but this was temporary and not harmful to health.

Bottled water was made available for people to collect from Ninfield High Street while mains supplies were off.

"Our technicians worked extremely hard to restart the pumps and restore supplies to customers as quickly as possible," said a spokesman.

"Unfortunately, due to the type of fault, the repair took longer than initially anticipated."

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