But United Utilities have swiftly worked to bypass the leak and redistribute water through its network to the affected properties. The water supply has now been returned to most of the affected homes, schools and businesses.
Lostock Hall Community Primary School in Linden Drive asked parents who may have already dropped their children at school to make arrangements for them to be collected.
Both the primary school and Lostock Academy will remain closed today but will reopen tomorrow as normal.
A spokesman for United Utilities said: “We’ve had a burst on a water main at the junction of Hennel Lane and Millwood Road.
“Engineers have stopped water going through the damaged pipe and are moving water around the network to help restore supplies to those properties affected.
“We are also sending a number of Water on Wheels tankers to the area which will pump water directly into the network, whilst the team carry out the necessary repair work.
“This burst was reported into us at 5.38am this morning and we’ve had 48 calls into our contact centre.
“Due to the fact we’re able to move water around the network, not all properties in the postcode areas will have been impacted and throughout this morning homes that temporarily have no water will start to see their taps flowing again.
Engineers have been requested to attend to repair the burst as soon as possible, but due to the size of the area that has been affected this morning, it may take some time for the pressure to build to its usual levels.
The burst pipe affected hundreds of households in the PR1 and PR5 post codes, namely Lostock Hall and parts of Penwortham.
A statement from the water company said: “A leak on the junction of Hennel Lane and Millwood Road affecting customers in PR5, has been spotted and reported to us. Our inspector is on his way to investigate this, but we do believe this to be the cause for some of you having no water or just a trickle.
“Were sorry for the trouble this may be causing you and we will get your taps flowing normally again as quickly as we can.”
He said: “We have a young family so we rely on fresh water for preparing formula milk. Thankfully we kept a five litre bottle of water from May when it happened last.”
A statement from the firm said: “Were sorry if this has affected you and thank you for your patience.
“Because theres been some disturbance to the pipes in your area you may notice the water is a little cloudy or discoloured.”
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