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EMERGENCY SERVICES SWING INTO ACTION OVER WATER SUPPLY CRISIS

UPDATED: Emergency plans have been put in place on the Isle of Wight over fears 10,000 homes in the Newport area are at risk of losing their mains water supply.

Police are keeping a watchful eye as firefighters and Southern Water engineers unload thousands of bottles of water from lorries, with the Maritime Volunteer Service drafted in to distribute water to the vulnerable.

As reported by Island Echo last night, cracked pipes surrounding the reservoir at Carisbrooke have led to a major incident being declared. Communication has been limited and mainly led by Bob Seely, the Island’s MP.

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UPDATE @ 20:00 – The major incident has now been stood down as Southern Water take control of the situation.

Throughout the course of the day it has been revealed that 30,000 properties were initially at risk of losing water supply – a much more significant figure that first thought. The risk was reduced down to 10,000 properties but the supply is now said to be safe.

Southern Water say ‘unprecedented leakage’ is to blame for the crisis.

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