Panic-buying at St Neots store after water cut

A ST NEOTS supermarket saw a surge in bottled water sales last week after more than 400 homes lost their water supply. Households in St Neots, Eynesbury, Waresley and Great Gransden were left without water for up to six hours on Wednesday (April 15) afte

A ST NEOTS supermarket saw a surge in bottled water sales last week after more than 400 homes lost their water supply.

Households in St Neots, Eynesbury, Waresley and Great Gransden were left without water for up to six hours on Wednesday (April 15) after a water pipe burst.

The lack of water resulted in residents panic-buying bottled water, with the St Neots Tesco store reporting a 'surge' in the sale of bottled water on that day.

Matthew Sydes, 36, from Conway Place, St Neots was left without water from 2.15pm to 8.30pm.


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The father of two said: "There was low water pressure from about 10am and then at 2.15pm we lost the water altogether.

"Anglian Water did a pretty good job at keeping customers informed by providing information through their emergency number, which was updated about every hour or so.

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"I hear Tesco was carnage for bottled water as pretty much the whole of Eynesbury was affected."

Mr Sydes, who is a statistician for the Medical Research Council in London, added: "Luckily, we had drinks in the house for the children and we had the option of staying overnight at nearby relatives if the water had not have come on by 9pm."

A spokesman for Anglian Water told The Hunts Post the pipe burst was reported in Potton Road, St Neots and affected supply to about 400 homes for four to six hours.

He added: "It is unclear why the pipe burst, sometimes a burst can be caused when the ground moves.

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