Tap water in Stokes Croft turned brown as residents wondered if it was contaminated after burst main

People living in Stokes Croft woke up to ‘murky orange’ water this morning following a burst pipe.

Residents living in the area complained their supply looked ‘contaminated’ as the water ran out of their taps an unhealthy looking brown colour.

Others complained the pressure was also affected and taps were making ‘strange noises’ when they were turned on.

Emergency repairs took place on the A38 Cheltenham Road in Stokes Croft following a burst water main yesterday (December 31). It’s believed people’s water supply was cut off for at least five hours.

Pictures posted in Facebook group The Real Montpelier showed orange-brown water in people’s sinks.

Bristol Water tweeted to inform people in the area about the disruption.

The tweet read: “Our team has been working through the night on a burst water main on Cheltenham Road in #stokescroft Bristol which means some people may have no water. We are very sorry about this and we are working as hard as we can to fix it ASAP.”

People took to social media this morning to complain about brown and murky water.

The tweet reads: “@BristolWater our water this morning is very murky. What’s going on. Montpelier, Bristol.”

Bristol Water replied saying: “Hi Jerry, there was a burst water main over night. We worked through the night but weren’t able to repair it so water is coming from a different main now. The cloudy colour should pass if you run your taps for a bit.”

The company have also said: “If you are close to #stokescroft and your water is cloudy or brown this morning it is due to a burst water main over night. Run your taps for a few minutes and this should pass.”

While another resident wrote on Facebook: “Neighbours, don’t drink the water right now. Check your water carefully before you drink Stokes croft area. There was a burst water main last night, had no water for five hours and now the water’s coming out orange coloured.

“You can get free bottled water from the water vans fixing the main.”

Everyone in the area should now have water from a different main – but the one that burst over night was still being repaired this morning.

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