Thousands see water supply cut off

Many were without water for hours. Picture: Gareth Easton

Many were without water for hours. Picture: Gareth Easton

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THOUSANDS of residents in several parts of the Capital were left without water after a fault in a supply tank.

Homes in the city centre, Gorgie, Stenhouse and Sighthill were cut off for about two hours yesterday before repairs were carried out. Some restaurants had to buy bottled water to make teas and coffees.

An investigation is now under way into what caused the problem.

Scottish Water said it had identified a fault at one of its water tanks, which had led to low pressure for some customers and left others without any water at all.

It said the areas affected had been in the EH1, EH2 and EH3 in the city centre, the EH7 postcode covering Leith, Restalrig and Craigentinny and the EH11 postcode, which includes Gorgie, Stenhouse and Sighthill.

Engineers from Scottish Water repaired the problem with residents in the EH7 area last to be back online in the afternoon.

Scottish Water said customers may notice water pressure remained “quite low” as the system began to recover.

There were also reports of water in some areas continuing to be discoloured. A spokesman said: “This is currently under investigation and we apologise.”