Primary school in Northampton forced to open an hour late due to water supply problems

A burst water main in Mereway caused supply problems to 6,000 homes in Northampton Credit Venus Hamilton
A burst water main in Mereway caused supply problems to 6,000 homes in Northampton Credit Venus Hamilton

A number of properties in Northampton are still without water and a primary school was forced to open an hour late 24 hours after a water main burst in Mereway.

The A5076 Mereway between Towcester Road and Penvale Road was closed in both directions for several hours on Sunday morning while Anglian Water worked to fix the fault.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said more than 6,000 customers in the NN4 postcode suffered water supply problems but the “majority” of customers now had running water.

However, the spokesman said that due to the “tankering in the area and high demand” the supply may be sporadic or at a low pressure.

A number of people living in the Friars Avenue and Cottesbrooke Gardens area have contacted the Chronicle & Echo to say they still have no water supply at all.

Andy Starkey tweeted: “No cold water, no hot water. No water to flush toilets for last 12 hours!!!!”

Cara Phillips said: “Same here. No water all day in Friars Avenue.”

Abbey Primary School sent a message to parents this morning telling them the school would not be open until 9.30am

Anglian Water said engineers were still working to fix the burst water main.

The spokesman said: “It is our priority to ensure our customers have some form of water supply until the repair is complete and we thank you all for your continued patience at this difficult time.”