Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds apartments without water 'not a health risk'

Media captionWater to all 353 apartments in West Point was turned off because of a fractured pipe

An environmental health inspection at a Leeds apartment block where residents have been without water for six days found there is no danger to occupants.

Water to all 353 apartments in West Point was turned off last Wednesday morning because of a fractured pipe.

Owner Mainstay said repairs could not start until Tuesday at the earliest and that was dependent on the "availability of parts".

The firm said it hoped to have the water back on by Wednesday afternoon.

It has provided portable toilets for residents to use and bottled water.

Andrew Mason, of Leeds City Council, said their environmental health officers did not consider there was an environmental health risk, but conceded more days without running water were "not tenable".

'Cannot be precise'

A statement issued by Mainstay on Tuesday afternoon said it hoped the mains water supplies would be reinstated by Wednesday afternoon.

The statement said: "[We] will return to site on Wednesday to supervise the turning back on of the supply in a controlled manner.

"As long as there aren't further issues presenting themselves, we expect that it will be late Wednesday at the earliest before water is fully restored at the development.

"At the moment we cannot be precise until all works have been completed, but it is our hope that the building will be fully restored tomorrow [Wednesday].

Image caption Some residents have moved out of the apartment block

Residents had complained about a public health risk and the council instigated an inspection.

The authority said residents from the city centre block could use showering facilities at leisure centres.

Mr Mason added: "We fully understand the need to get the mains water connected, and connected securely.

"The residents in the flats have been telling us this in no uncertain terms

"It's not really tenable to go on for a considerable period of time without mains water."

Flat owner Tim Arnott said: "It's horrendous. Obviously there's concerns about people's health and infection risk."

A blog detailing comments from residents has been set up.

'Toddler itchy'

One comment said: "I have to wear a uniform for work which needs to be washed at high temperatures.

"Issues I am now facing is a lack of clothing and also an infection control risk at work."

Another said: "Really fed up now. The flat smells, the baby is dirty and the toddler says she's itchy."

Also in Mainstay's statement on Tuesday afternoon, the firm said the loss of mains water supply was not covered by its buildings insurance.

It said: "Following the recent site visit, and initial assessment by our appointed claims investigator, it is our belief that the initial damage to the mains water pipe at the development was caused by an uninsured risk."

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