Schools forced to CLOSE after running out of water for more than 24hrs in 'dangerous' heat

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The Isle of Sheppey in Kent has been left without water for a day because of a burst pipe. Six schools shut on Tuesday because of extreme heat and the lack of water. 

Kent County Council have warned four more schools could close their doors on Wednesday if the water supply is not reconnected.

Minster Primary School and Halfway Houses Primary School are among the schools shut on Wednesday.

Southern Water said at 8am on Wednesday: “We’re really sorry again to everyone without water on the Isle of Sheppey. 

“It’s taking longer than expected to bring supplies back, due to a second burst we’ve been dealing with overnight.”

They previously said at midnight: “The network is slowly refilling, but this will take some time.”

Slightly earlier, Southern Water said they had “fixed the burst pipe on the Isle of Sheppey and are slowly starting to refill the network”.

Southern Water refused to estimate when the repair would be completed but gangs with mechanical diggers were busy in a field along the Old Sheppey Way and on the mainland by Ridham Dock near the Kingsferry Bridge.

A spokesman told Kent Online: “Our teams are working as quickly as possible to solve this issue. 

“We can’t specify numbers of homes at this time due to some experiencing a loss of pressure and others a loss of supply. 

“Due to the nature of the network and how water pressure reacts around the network it is impossible to give an accurate figure.”

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