People may experience discoloured tap water in Stevenage after burst main

Burst water main in Essex Road, Stevenage

Burst water main in Essex Road, Stevenage - Credit: Archant

People’s tap water may be discoloured in certain parts of Stevenage after a water main burst this morning.

The pipe burst in Essex Road at around 11.30am and engineers had to work until 3.15pm to fix the leak.

Affinity Water carried out the repairs and said that should people experience any discoloured or aerated water, which is not uncommon following a burst main, they recommend that you leave a mains fed tap running for approximately five to 10 minutes.

The discolouration is caused by small particles of iron which are within the mains and disturbed during interruptions. Cloudy water is caused by air that becomes trapped in the mains, neither of these are harmful to health.

An Affinity Water spokesman said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by a burst on a three-inch main on Essex Road, Stevenage.

“Affinity Water technicians shut down the main at 11.30am and completed repairs by 3.15pm. We would like to thank our customers for their patience whilst we carried out these vital repairs.”

• Do you live in a house that has discoloured water? If so call the Comet news desk on 01438 866200.