12:45PM, Wednesday 08 March 2017
Photo by @MaidenheadFS
A burst water main in Cox Green Road is causing disruption to houses and schools in the area.
Cox Green School and Lowbrook Academy have been forced to close for the day.
In a statement on its website, Cox Green School said it has been told it will take six to eight hours to repair the burst main.
Maidenhead firefighters have also been called out to help deal with the incident.
UPDATE Wednesday, March 8, 5pm:
South East Water’s Distribution Manager, Philip Cereda, said: “We were alerted to a problem at 10.45am this morning.
“Our technician found that an eight inch water main had burst in Cox Green Road and 41 customers are currently without water.
“We have rerouted supplies around our network to minimise the impact on customers and anticipate that supplies will be returned to normal early this evening.
“We would like to apologise to customers and reassure them that our teams are on site and are working as quickly as possible to fix the problem.
Philip added: “Unfortunately emergencies like this do happen from time to time. We have 540 million litres of water a day being transported around 9,000 miles of underground pipeline. There are also six million joints which have to withstand high pressure 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Inevitably sometimes these pipes and connections fail unexpectedly, but we work around the clock to repair them as quickly as possible.
“Anyone who spots a leak when they are out and about can report it to South East Water on 0333 000 3330.”
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