UNITED Utilities is thanking residents in St Helens for their patience after water supplies were restored overnight.

Engineers finished repairing a large water main on Scafell Road at around midnight and water pressure continued to build up throughout the early hours of the morning.

Thouands of residents across the town were affected.

Martin Padley, United Utilities water services director, said: “We deployed eleven water tankers around St Helens yesterday evening to maintain pressure in the water network. 

"It was thanks to this and the hard work of our repair team that we were able to restore supplies before people were getting up this morning.

"We want to thank residents for their patience.”


A ROAD has been submerged under water today after a water mains burst.

A Star reader captured the scene at Scafell Road, Moss Bank.

There have bene ongoing repairs taking place there after a pipe has leaked under the A580 bridge, which caused major roadworks on Woodlands Road to be delayed.

The road has been closed to traffic due to emergency repair, which was expected to be complete by 27 March.

A council spokesman said there had been a burst meaning water pressure had been affected. 

He added that around 8,000 homes in the WA10 and WA11 areas may currently be without water.

This may result in tap water running slowly or no water at all.

The burst is connected to works by United Utilities under the Scafell Road/A580 East Lancashire Road bridge to repair a leak on the water main.

United Utilities engineers are already on site and working to get taps
flowing normally as soon as possible.

For up to date information go to unitedutilities.com/help-and-support/current-incidents/sthelens, follow @unitedutilities on Twitter, or call 0345 6723723.

Central Library has also closed early due to the burst and the roadworks on Woodlands Road were deferred until April 3.