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Village school forced to close as burst water main affects Newport, Quendon, Rickling and Widdington

A village school has been forced to close this morning (Thursday, Nov 14) as a result of large-scale water supply problems affecting parts of Newport, Quendon, Rickling Green and Widdington.

The emergency closure of Rickling CofE Primary School came into effect at around 10am. Newport Primary is waiting to see whether it too will have to send pupils home.

Affinity Water has identified 66 streets that have been without water since around 8am. Technicians have discovered a burst water main in Wells Mead, Widdington.

In a statement the company said: "They have assessed the burst; a repair team have been called and are on their way to carry out the necessary work in order to restore supplies to normal. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused.

"During this time we ask you not to use any electrical appliances that require a water supply, for example washing machines or dishwashers, and to conserve water from storage tanks during the time your water supply is interrupted. If you do still have a supply, we would advise you to store some water for drinking, in case your water has to be switched off for a repair to be completed."

In a message to parents, Rickling Primary head teacher Hannah Wheatcroft said: "We have no running water to the premises and so therefore cannot flush toilets, wash hands or cook school dinners.

"Normally in these circumstances the water board deliver us enough bottled water to see us through, however because the problem is so widespread they cannot currently do so. In instances such as this, we have no choice but to close for health and safety reasons."

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