Southern Water is distributing bottled water to vulnerable Islanders in Godric Road today (Thursday), after a water main burst on Newport’s Dodnor Park estate.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service says it was called to Daish Way at 7am, to deal with 130,000 litres of water.

Southern Water has since isolated the mains pipe, but some homes in Newport are without supplies.

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It says the area affected is covered by shipping containers and is not easily accessible.

Businesses on the Dodnor Park estate have told Isle of Wight Radio that they have been forced to cancel orders and have seen significant damage due to the burst.

The utility firm’s Isle of Wight Operations Manager Keith Herbert told Isle of Wight Radio,

“We’d like to apologise to residents in Newport East, Isle of Wight who have been experiencing low pressure or no water. A major water main has burst on Dodnor Lane. This bursts extends under an area covered with shipping containers so it will take time to make the site safe for work.

We are distributing bottled water from Godric Road. We will also be delivering bottled water to vulnerable customers. If you have urgent needs and are not already on our register or if you know someone who might have urgent need please call us on 0330 303 0368.

Fixing the pipe may take some time but we are sending tankers of water to inject into the system below the burst to speed the restoration of supplies.

Our apologies once again and our thanks for your patience while we deal with this emergency.”

Charities Osel Wight Crystal and The Way Forward Programme say they had a lucky escape when water stopped short of their businesses.

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