Five Wirral schools were forced to close this morning and several hundred homes have been left without water after a pipe burst on the M53.
Both Wirral Grammar schools were forced to send their students home as well as Stanton Road, Poulton Lancelyn and Brackenwood.
A message on the Wirral Grammar School for Girls said “water supplies to the school are off until further notice” and that they “cannot guarantee when the supply is back on”. They added “for health and safety reasons we are required to close the school”
A spokesman for United Utilities said they have had over 200 calls to the centre for no water or poor pressure.
He said: “We’ve had a burst on a 12” water main that runs near junction 4 of the M53 .
“We’re in the process of moving water around our network to bypass the damaged pipe to help restore water.”
Five water on wheels tankers have been sent to the area to help keep taps flowing while repairs are carried out.
The United Utilities Emergency Incident page has been updated and now says:
In order to help get some water flowing through your taps again our inspector has moved water from a different area into yours whilst we’re sorting out the leak. You may find that it doesn’t flow as much as the pressure will be lower, but we’re working as quickly as we can on our pipe, so we can get your taps flowing back to normal again.