Cinderford burst pipe leaves 3,000 homes without water

Up to 3,000 homes in the Forest of Dean were left without water after an underground pipe burst in Cinderford.

The fault was found beneath a stream and Severn Trent Water said special machinery was used to dig five metres (16ft) down to access and fix it.

While repairs were carried out tankers pumped water into the system and free bottled water was made available.

Severn Trent said customers should now have water through their taps as normal but it might appear discoloured.

"I can assure you that whilst your water may not look appealing this does not pose a risk to health," said a spokesperson.

"If you do experience this, just leave your cold tap running for a short period [usually about 20 minutes] and your supply will return to normal."

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