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Council health inspection at waterless Leeds West Point flats

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Media captionWater to all 353 apartments in West Point was turned off because of a fractured pipe

An environmental health inspection is to be carried out at a Leeds apartment block where residents have been without water for six days.

Water to all 353 apartments in West Point was turned off on Wednesday morning because of a fractured pipe.

Owners Mainstay said repairs could not start until Tuesday at the earliest and that was dependent on the "availability of parts".

It has provided portable toilets for residents to use and bottled water.

A statement on Mainstay's website said a secondary pipe burst on Saturday, which had caused the delay.

Residents have complained about a public health risk and Leeds council said an inspection would take place on Tuesday to establish potential issues.

The council said residents from the city centre block could use showering facilities at leisure centres.

Flat owner Tim Arnott said: "It's horrendous. Obviously there's concerns about people's health and infection risk."

A blog detailing comments from residents has been set up.

'Toddler itchy'

One comment said: "I have to wear a uniform for work which needs to be washed at high temperatures.

"Issues I am now facing is a lack of clothing and also an infection control risk at work."

Image caption Some residents have moved out of the apartment block

Another said: "Really fed up now. The flat smells, the baby is dirty and the toddler says she's itchy."

A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: "It is the responsibility of the apartment block's owners, Mainstay, to ensure residents have water restored and have proper alternative facilities in place.

"However, we have contacted them to offer advice and support to help them resolve the situation as quickly as possible."

Mainstay said it had looked into the problem but would not be able to fix it till after the Bank Holiday weekend.

"Regrettably, and after much consideration, it has been confirmed to us that we will not be able to begin any reinstatement works until Tuesday 8 May at the earliest, and this is dependent upon the availability of parts and fittings, which won't be known until Tuesday morning."

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