Burst water main at primary school cuts supplies across town

Scottish Water said around 12,000 properties were affected by the issue.

Burst water main at Whinhill Primary school in Greenock cuts supplies across town Whinhill Primary School

A burst water main at a primary school in Greenock is causing supply issues to the town with an estimated 12,000 properties affected.

The disruption of an 18 inch strategic water main at Whinhill Primary was detected by teams from Scottish Water, who warned there is currently no estimated time for repair.

It came after reports of a loss of water supply to certain postcodes across Inverclyde including the neighbouring towns of Gourock, Wemyss Bay and Skelmorlie with an estimated 12,000 properties affected.

A video shared by Inverclyde Road Watch showed streams of water coming down steps at the back of the school onto Hole Farm Road.

A Scottish Water statement read: “Customers in parts of PA15, PA16 Greenock, PA17 Skelmorlie, PA18 Wemyss Bay and PA19 Gourock may be experiencing no water, low pressure or intermittent water supplies as the result of a burst water main located at Whinhill Primary School; Greenock.

“Our operatives have now isolated the water main and our repair teams are onsite to commence with the necessary repair. 

A burst water main at Whinhill Primary school in Greenock. Photo: Inverclyde Road Watch.

“At present we do not have an estimated time for the repair, however we will work to restore normal water supplies to customers as quickly as possible and we will be installing a valve on our network in an attempt to restore water back to some customers whilst our repairs take place. 

“We are engaging with customers on our priority service register to see what support they require at this time.”

A spokesperson for Inverclyde Council said: “We’re supporting our partners from Scottish Water to investigate the matter and carry out the necessary repairs.”

Affected residents who may need additional support can sign up as a priority services customer on Scottish Water’s website.

Customers who have experienced flooding should contact 0800 0778 778, or get in touch through the company website.

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