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Burst water main leaves thousands without water



Welsh Water are dealing with the problem (File image)

Welsh Water are dealing with the problem (File image)

THOUSANDS of people in north Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion could be without water for the rest of the day after a water main burst.

A rupture in a high-pressure main at the Llechryd Water Treatment Works is responsible for the problem, according to Welsh Water.  It appears that Crymych is among the worst-affected areas.

A Welsh Water spokesman said: “This main runs from Llechryd water treatment works and helps us provide drinking water to many communities across parts of Cardiganshire and parts of Pembrokeshire.

“The repair has been hampered by significant engineering difficulties, but we are continuing to work around the clock to resolve these issues and restore supplies as safely and as quickly as possible.”

“Water may be discoloured for a period of time, but this is normal.”



The latest statement from Welsh Water says: “We are working on repairing a burst main on an important water main near Pontrhydyceirt in West Wales. This main runs from Llechryd water treatment works and provides drinking water to many communities across parts of Pembrokeshire. The communities affected are Crymych, Boncath, St Dogmaels, Tegryn, Moelgrove and Nevern.

“The repair has been hampered by significant engineering difficulties, but we are working hard to resolve this and restore supplies as safely and as quickly as possible. We have already contacted the customers affected. We are really sorry for the inconvenience. We are distributing bottled water at Crymych Water pumping station: SA41 3RQ and expect water supplies to be restored from later tomorrow morning.”

Managing Director of Water Services, Ian Christie, said: “We are very sorry to those customers affected by the disruption. Our teams have been working tirelessly through the day to repair the damaged main, and will continue working through the night to get water supplies back to normal as soon as possible.”

Welsh Water have said that those customers with additional needs or families with young babies who are affected by this interruption are also being supplied with bottled water . Any requests can be made on 0800 052 0130.


UPDATE 5 November 2015, (06.40am)

From Welsh Water: “We have been working overnight to repair the burst on the water main near Pontrhydyceirt in West Wales. This main runs from Llechryd water treatment works and provides drinking water to many communities across parts of Pembrokeshire. The communities affected are Crymych, Boncath, St Dogmaels, Tegryn, Moelgrove and Nevern.

“The repair has been completed and we are working to restore supplies to these communities over the morning. While we continue to get supplies back to normal, we are distributing bottled water at Crymych Water rugby club station, SA41 3RQ, The Salutation Pub in Felindre, SA41 3UY  and the car park opposite Penybryn Arms, SA43 3NJ, for those customers still affect. We are also tankering water into key local network points.

“We are really sorry for the ongoing inconvenience.

UPDATE 5 November 2015 (11:30am)

OUR team has been working throughout the night and has completed the repair on the burst water main near Pontrhydyceirt in West Wales. We sincerely apologise to customers who are without water in Crymych, Boncath, St Dogmaels, Tegryn, Moelgrove and Nevern.

We have begun refilling the local network. However, we need to do this carefully and at a steady speed as refilling too fast can damage the pipes and cause further bursts.

Whilst water supplies will begin to go back to normal during the afternoon, it will take longer to fill the whole water network. This is not unusual in rural areas and water supplies should be restored by this evening.

We are continuing to distribute bottled water at Crymych rugby club (SA41 3RQ), The Salutation Pub in Felindre (SA41 3UY), and the car park opposite the Penybryn Arms (SA43 3NJ), for those customers still affected. We are also tankering water into key parts of the network to maintain supplies.

As supplies return to normal, this may result in discoloured water for a period of time. This is not unusual after an incident of this nature and should clear within a short period of time. We would like to assure customers we are working as quickly as possible to restore supplies to normal.

We apologise again for the inconvenience that this burst has caused.

If anyone has concerns about their water supply, we would ask they call our helpline on 0800 052 0130.


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Two years of Active Travel improvements worth £336,750 completed in Cardigan



Councillor John Adams Lewis: On the newly widened footway

WORK has recently been completed by Ceredigion County Council to widen the footway on Pont y Cleifion Road, which sees the culmination of a two year package of grant-funded Active Travel improvements in Cardigan.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Ray Quant MBE, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Technical Services said, “I’m delighted that grant funding of £294,575 has been received from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund over the two year programme. Coupled with financial contributions also made by Ceredigion County Council and Cardigan Town Council, the total value of this package scheme amounted to £336,750 to benefit the well-being of residents of Cardigan town. Further potential improvements have been identified by Highways Officers and these will be developed next year with a view to future implementation and construction.”

During the first year, the improvements were concentrated in the vicinity of Cardigan Primary School, which saw the introduction of a new 20 mph zone with traffic calming, wider footways, upgraded crossings and a new path to the swimming pool. A new cycle shelter and two new scooter shelters were installed at the primary school to help encourage more Active Travel journeys and less car trips. This was aided further by providing two brand new scooters and helmets which the school have used for pupils to earn ‘Scooterer of the week’.

The second year saw a 20 mph zone and traffic calming implemented outside Cardigan Secondary School, again with wider footways and new raised table crossings to aid pedestrians and mobility users. A new cycle shelter was installed to encourage pupils and staff to cycle to the school. The scheme included completion of the ‘missing’ footway link to the other side of the road on Aberystwyth Road with new resurfacing which has improved pedestrian connectivity and user comfort.

A new pedestrian refuge was also installed in the carriageway to aid crossing on Aberystwyth Road. The footway on Pont y Cleifion road was previously narrow and unsuitable for pushchair or mobility users due to the lack of dropped kerb provision. However the recent construction works have brought this section of footway up to modern design standards and provides a better quality Active Travel link between the town centre and the Parc Teifi Business Park.

Councillor John Adams-Lewis, Local Member for Mwldan ward and Chair of governors for Cardigan Primary School added, “I’m pleased that Cardigan Town Council has supported these improvements financially which has resulted in a number of footway enhancements in the town, especially at both our school locations which have benefited from road safety improvements and reduced speed limits. I would also like to thank Ceredigion County Council for their financial contributions and to Highways Officers for securing this grant funding and for overseeing these high quality works.”

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Police warn online trolls over ‘malicious’ Kiara comments



DYFED-POWYS POLICE have warned online trolls that they may take action against malicious comments relating to Kiara Moore, the 2-year-old child who sadly died in the River Teifi on Monday (Mar 19).

Her mother, Kim Rowlands, and father, Jet Moore, both posted on social media site Facebook following their daughter’s death.

Jet, responding to questions about the incident, said that it was a tragic accident.

Jet Moore: Explained what happened in Cardigan

He posted: “Just to let every one who keeps asking how know, it was the lemons stacked up too far!

“They got in the car to go home. Sat on bank card which snapped and needed money to get home etc.

“Went back to the office to get money from the desk and came back to no car. Looked in the river, no signs. So we thought she and the car had been taken.

“The police found the car a while later and went way beyond the call of duty jumping in and pulling her out.

“They tried to revive her for hours but unfortunately could not.

“Everyone had done their best.

“Thank you all so much for the support it means the world!”

Kim Rowlands: With her daughter, Kiara

His partner, Kim, added in a separate post: “Sadly yesterday my beautiful baby girl passed away!

“Due to my own stupidity, I will have to live with the guilt for the rest of my life!

“Mummy loves you baby girl and I’m so sorry.”

Many users of the social network commented on the posts which caused offence to many readers.

Now Dyfed-Powys Police has warned people to ‘think very carefully’ before commenting, and not to speculate about the events of Monday afternoon.

A spokesperson said: “Enquiries are continuing to fully understand the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.

“Examination of the vehicle will form part of these enquiries.

“We can also confirm that the vehicle had not been stolen.

“We are aware of potentially malicious comments relating to the incident on social media. These are being reviewed and action may be taken where appropriate.”

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Two cardigan women warned of jail time



TWO Cardigan women have been warned they could go to jail.

Sarah Prytherch-Jones and Sarah Murnane appeared before Miss Recorder Elwen Evans at Swansea Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

Prytherch-Jones, aged 32, of North Road, and Murnane, 35, of Greenfield Row, admitted breaking into a property on St Mary Street, Cardigan, on September 8, 2016, with the intention of causing criminal damage.

The plea was accepted by Nicola Powell, prosecuting, and a charge of burglary with the intention of causing grievous bodily harm was withdrawn.

They will be sentenced on April 3.

Miss Recorder Evans warned them that the offence was a serious one and that a jail sentence would be at the forefront of the sentencing judge’s mind.

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