Burst pipe causes schools to shut UPDATED

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A burst pipe has left thousands of homes to without water in the Ripley and Heanor area this morning.

A spokesperson for Severn Trent said: “A large water pipe burst in the early hours of this morning in a field near to one of our service reservoirs in Fritchley, Belper.

“This affected water supply to our customers in north Derbyshire, however we managed to bring water in from another network of pipes, whilst we complete the repairs.

“All our customers’ water supply should be coming back on, if it hasn’t already. However, some customers may experience low pressure, but this will improve throughout the day.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this morning and thank our customers for their patience whilst we work to repair the burst pipe.”

Schools have also been disrupted due to the burst pipe.

Mill Hill School in Ripley has closed for the day for ‘health reasons’ according to a text message sent to parents today, due to the loss of water pressure.

A spokesperson for Heanor Gate School said water pressure there has remained low, and the school is now shut, despite opening for the morning.

Corfield Church of England Infants in Heanor, Swanwick Hall secondary school, Swanwick Primary, Riddings Junior, Copthorne Infants in Alfreton, Marlpool Infants and Alfreton Park Community Special School have all been shut.

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