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Schools close on first day back as Greater Manchester water shortage sparks chaos

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Residents across Greater Manchester woke up this morning without any running water, meaning schools across the city have been forced to close.  Today marked the first day of re-opening for many after the summer holidays ended. 

Schools including Aldwyn Primary School are among those affected by the water shortage. 

Engineers were called out to the Ashton-Under-Lyne area today at 2.44am to tend to the issue.

After three hours of investigating, the source of the problem was identified as a burst water main on Stockport Road. 

Representatives from United Utilities remain on site to fix the issue. 

In an update shared online at 5.16am, United Utilities said: “You may have noticed that your water has gone off or it’s coming out of your tap at a trickle.

“We’ve been out to investigate and found the cause to be a burst water main on Stockport Road.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience, our leakage engineers are currently on-site and we hope to have your taps flowing again very soon.”

The lack of running water has meant that a number of primary and secondary schools in the Ashton and Audenshaw area are currently closed. 

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