Published: 07/03/2018 07:34 - Updated: 07/03/2018 07:42

Far north residents lose water supply

 

Occumster crofter Caroline Window on Monday tops up the water container in her lambing shed with bottled water.
Occumster crofter Caroline Window on Monday tops up the water container in her lambing shed with bottled water.
HAVING endured last week’s snowstorm, scores of households in the east coast of Caithness have had to make do without a mains water supply since the weekend.

Camster, Occumster and Roster, as well as parts of Dunbeath and Berriedale have been among the areas hit by damage to pipelines.

One Camster resident Stephen Cox contacted Scottish Water to let the utility know about their plight and to request additional bottles of water.

Mr Cox, who lives at Creag Meallan, two and a half miles up the Camster road, yesterday said he and his wife Susan had not had a water supply since Saturday in the latest such problem to afflict his area.

He said: “This happens five or six times a year. It is not exactly new.

“The pipeline along Camster is several decades out of date. Unless they do something about the infrastructure, it will keep happening.”

A spokesman for Scottish Water said: “A burst at Upper Camster, Lybster, has been fixed and we are currently recharging the water main to restore supplies to properties affected.    

“There are five properties currently affected by a burst main at Cairn Hill and we have a team on site currently carrying out repairs.

“We anticipate this work being complete by Monday afternoon.”

The press release stated: “We apologise to customers in a number of areas in Caithness who may have experienced interruptions to their water supplies over the last two days.

“Water has now been restored to properties in Berriedale and we have Scottish Water teams on site in Dunbeath and Lybster identifying and fixing any remaining burst mains that are impacting on customer supplies.

“Given the extreme weather, trying to pinpoint the exact locations of these bursts in order to start repairs is proving difficult and we are urging locals to report any signs of water leakage in their locality as soon as they can.”    

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