Wiltshire

Wiltshire schools close due to burst water main

The Sun Inn car park, Wiltshire
Image caption Hundreds of people with either no water or low water pressure have been queuing up in Royal Wootton Bassett for bottled water

Schools have been closed and hundreds of homes are without water following a burst main in Wiltshire.

Noremarsh Junior School, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy and St Bartholomew's Primary in Wiltshire have been shut.

Lydiard Millicent Primary School, near Swindon, has also been closed and hundreds of homes in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire have no water.

Thames Water said it was investigating a water level drop in its Flaxlands reservoir near Royal Wootton Bassett.

Image caption Van loads of bottled water were delivered to three collection points in Lyneham, Lydiard Millicent and Wootton Bassett

Anthony Crawford, from Thames Water, said engineers had located a 16in (40cm) burst main in woodland near Ashton Keynes.

"We've got a lot of crews trying to repair the pipe and we're supporting the network with a number of tankers, so we're putting water back into our network to try and keep a supply," he said.

"We've had around 600 calls on this but we should be able to get water back on to our customers, late this afternoon and early into the evening."

Bottled water is available for those affected from collection points at Lyneham Express in Lyneham, the Sun Inn in Lydiard Millicent, and Borough Fields car park in Wootton Bassett.

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