Village water supply 'to be restored within days'

Image caption, Scottish Water excavated pipes outside 32 properties in Leadhills

Residents from a remote south Lanarkshire village should have their water supplies fully restored within days, Scottish Water has pledged.

People living in Leadhills have been without water for weeks.

The problem resulted from freezing temperatures as low as -20C which penetrated the ground by several feet.

The water company apologised for the problems and said the remaining 10 properties without water would have their supplies restored soon.

Excavations have been made outside 32 properties and on Hogmanay, 14 squads of contractors managed to restore supplies to 22 properties in Leadhills.

Scottish Water said that workers removed cylinders of ice from pipes and put in a new network of pipes at a depth even lower than the normal 750mm to minimise the risk of future deep frost.

The company's Peter Farrer said: "We understand this situation must be very difficult for our customers and we are committed to restoring water supplies as quickly as possible.

"Over the next few days our squads will work to restore the final properties in the village.

"We have issued a letter of apology to the area affected and will continue to liaise directly with these customers to ensure they are kept informed on our progress."

Across Scotland some 200 properties remain without water.

During December, Scottish Water distributed about 332,000 litres of bottled water.

It said that across the country, 800 employees had been working around the clock to redistributed supplies along the 29,000 miles of water mains.

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