Southside faces water wait after burst main

The burst water main.
The burst water main.

A BURST water main on Bridge Street caused a water shut down throughout the southside.

On Tuesday night, water supply to Shawlands, Pollokshields, Newlands, Mount Florida and beyond was cut off as a result of a five metre wide hole in the water main.

A Scottish Water spokesman said: “As well as damage to the water mains, the road at Bridge Street has been affected and repairs will be carried out as soon as possible. There has also been some localised flooding.

“Scottish Water staff have been in the area helping customers during the night and will continue to be present to provide assistance.”

More than 3,000 calls were made to utility company reporting disruption.

Pollokshields councillor David Meikle’s own home was affected by the burst water main.

He told The Extra: “ I welcomed the speedy response from Scottish Water to notify residents about the incident via their website and social media but also for resolving the disruption to the water supply, ensuring it was back on for most households later the same night.

“I hope not too many households and businesses were affected. I trust Scottish Water can repair the damage and reinstate the road as soon as possible. It will be interesting to find out the cause of the burst water main.”

Several readers reported to The Extra on social media water was cut off for four hours, from 8pm.

On Twitter Ian McMillan (@ianmcmillan) said: “I didn’t have any water for a few hours. I was considering driving to Asda in Toryglen so I could (use the facilities).”

An NHS spokeswoman confirmed patient care at Victoria Infirmary was not affected.

Residents and shopkeepers from the adjacent building were evacuated as a precaution as emergency services dealt with the incident.

Residents were allowed back into their home at around 1.30am.