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Water tower maintenance causes water pressure misery for Bishop's Stortford residents

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Repairs to the water tower on Bishop's Stortford's Parsonage estate have been causing burst mains elsewhere in the town.

Residents of Lea Close have had their supplies disrupted six times in two weeks according to one furious householder.

After the last incident, Graham Spratt said: “Affinity Water has provided no information about what they are going to do about this other than keep digging the road up.

Lea Close, Bishop's Stortford (20482112)
Lea Close, Bishop's Stortford (20482112)

“We pay water bills for a reliable supply, not having it turned off for hours every time they need to fix another one.”

An Affinity Water spokesman said: “We are very sorry for the disruption caused by burst water mains in Lea Close, Bishop's Stortford in October.

“We had to configure our network to ensure supplies to local residents were maintained whilst a nearby water tower undergoes routine maintenance.

“The maintenance work on the tower is absolutely essential to ensure we continue to provide customers in the area with high-quality water for many years to come.

"However, this resulted in more pressure than normal in the local network and the subsequent burst water mains.

“We have now adjusted our network to bring the pressure down to normal levels. This will help to minimise the risk of further bursts whilst work to the water tower continues.”

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