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Concerns rise as Cumbrian farmers face days without water after Storm Ciara

Dozens of farmers in Cumbria are facing days without water after a major supply pipe burst during Storm Ciara.

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Concerns rise as Cumbrian farmers face days without water after Storm Ciara

A special helpline for farmers has been set up by United Utilities as efforts to repair a storm-damaged water pipe near Shap continued on Wednesday (February 12).

 

Supply issues in the Eden Valley have affected over 8,000 properties and businesses in the district.

 

One anonymous farmer told ITV Border that the water shortages were ‘getting to a crisis point and if it carries on much longer animals could die’.

 

Taking to twitter, United Utilities documented the damage caused to the water main.

 

 

 


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Arrangements

 

Special arrangements have been put in place for 70 farmers and despite ‘horrendous’ weather conditions, a new water pipe has been assembled.

 

The firm has however warned it will take ‘some time’ to put 90 million litres of water into the system, which means farmers in the district could be left without water for a further three days.

 

A massive tankering operation is now underway to pump water supplies directly into the water network and there are 46 tankers, including several from outside the North West region supporting repair efforts.

 

 

Repairs

 

Dr Martin Padley, water service director at United Utilities said the tankering operation was helping to maintain water supplies but added weather conditions and rural roads were making this ‘especially difficult’ for driving HGVS.

 

He said: “It is likely to take another three days for water pressure to build again once the repairs are completed.

 

“In the meantime we will continue to run the bottled water stations and work with farmers to get them the extra help they need.”

 

The helpline for farmers is 0345 072 6071 and all customers can see the latest information about water supplies on the United Utilities website.

 

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