Edinburgh primary left with no water after supply ‘disrupted’

The problem is affecting James Gillespie's Primary School
The problem is affecting James Gillespie's Primary School
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A primary school in the Capital has been left with no working toilets following a problem with its water supply.

Parents of pupils at James Gillespies Primary School have been asked to collect their children early after being informed its water supply had been “disrupted”.

In an email to parents, the school said it had no water and no working toilets.

An email sent by headteacher Colin McLean reads: “Please collect children from school as early as possible, any time from now on. You can collect them from classrooms.

“There is no water and there are no working toilets.

“If you cannot collect your children early, we will keep them until the usual time.”

Parents were informed that all children would still be fed but that, as a result of the disrupted water supply, there would be “restricted food choices”.

The council has since confirmed that the school will remain closed tomorrow (Tuesday).

A tweet from the local authority read: “James Gillespie’s Primary School will be CLOSED tomorrow due to water supply issues. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

A spokesman for Scottish Water said: “A burst water main was discovered in the Marchmont area at the weekend, which was repaired within a few hours.

“As a result of the burst it seems naturally occurring sediment caused a blockage in the water meter at the school.

“Scottish Water have been on site today to repair and replace the meter and normal supply will be restored as quickly as possible.

“We apologise for any inconvenience while these repairs are carried out.”