37,000 homes left without water due to power failure

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A POWER failure left 37,000 South Yorkshire residents without water yesterday lunchtime.

The problem affected a pumping station at Aughton, between Sheffield and Rotherham, and homes were hit across the county.

One resident, Tricia Williams, from Dinnington, said: “Large areas of Sheffield and Rotherham were without water or with very low water pressure for several hours.

“My water was down to a trickle, starting at 11.05am.

“The issue was affecting several postcode areas.”

Yorkshire Water has apologised to residents who were affected and thanked them for their patience during the disruption.

A spokesman for the company said: “There was a power outage at about 11am affecting our pumping station in Aughton.

“The interruption of electricity supplies was due to factors external to Yorkshire Water.

“I’d like to apologise to customers and thank them for their patience while the problem was resolved.

“All affected households were reconnected by early afternoon, after the problem was fixed at about 2pm.”

Yorkshire Water said homes affected were in postcodes including S26, S66 and S11 - across the Rotherham and Sheffield areas.

“Water supplies were interrupted for around 37,000 South Yorkshire homes in total, due to the power supply failure yesterday,” the Yorkshire Water spokesman said.