A BURST water pipe which left residents without water has force the closure of a road.

On Thursday evening (April 21), a burst main spewed water across Botley Road in Fair Oak.

Five homes were left without water and the road was closed in both directions.

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Here's what we know so far:

  • The pipe burst at around 3.45pm on Thursday, April 21
  • Five residents were left without water, however this has since been resolved 
  • The road was closed in both directions and remains closed this evening
  • The road closure has caused disruptions to buses with Bluestar reporting significant delays on its Bluestar 3 service
  • Southern Water has said repairs could take about a week
  • A diversion has been put in place
  • It is not known when the road will reopen

A spokesperson from the water company told the Daily Echo: "On 21 April at around 3.45pm we received reports of a burst water main. Our teams were onsite within 90 minutes to stop the leak.

"During the incident five homes lost their water supply however this was quickly returned. We also used tankers to ensure that there were no further water supply issues in the immediate area.

"The repair to the pipe was successfully completed during the night. Our next step is to complete the repair to the road.

"The road repair could take about a week and a diversion has been put in place. Please be assured that we are working as quickly as possible.

"We are very sorry for the disruption this will cause local residents and road users."