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Burst water main leaves thousands without water

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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.”

 

UPDATE 18.51HRS

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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Conservatives in disarray over alleged Christmas party lockdown breach

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THE CONSERVATIVE Party is investigating the attendance of senior Senedd members and staff at a Christmas party held during December’s lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions prohibit mixing with people outside your own household.

The Welsh restrictions barring such gatherings follow the basic outline of those imposed by the Conservative UK Government in December.

Those attending the drinks party included Paul Smith, the Conservative Chief of Staff at the Senedd, Darren Millar, the Party’s Chief Whip and campaign coordinator, and Preseli Pembrokeshire MS and Conservative Senedd Group Leader Paul Davies.

The Herald understands that a Labour Senedd Member who attended the Party has been suspended by the Labour Senedd Group pending its own investigation.

The Conservatives’ embarrassment at talking the talk but not walking the walk is intensified by Darren Millar’s presence at the shindig.

In May, Mr Millar led calls for Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething to be sacked for eating a bag of chips in a park with one of his own children.

If the Conservative Party follows the logic of their previously stated positions, Mr Millar’s and Mr Davies’ futures look bleak indeed.

With a Senedd election only months away, the revelations have thrown the Conservatives into disarray.

If they do nothing, the Conservatives will – at the very least – face claims they are hypocrites.

If the Conservative Party acts decisively, it faces massive internal problems.

The Conservatives responded to our request for a response to our story.

Those involved stressed they did not host a Christmas Party.

The incident happened on December 8, when the above met in the members’ tea room to discuss legislation for possible inclusion in the Welsh Conservative manifesto with a Labour backbencher.

During the evening they did drink a glass or two of wine.

They stress that at no point were there more than four people in the room at any one time and that they maintained social distancing.

A joint statement from Paul Davies, Darren Millar, and Paul Smith said: “We are profoundly sorry for our actions.

“While we did not break the rules, we recognise that what was part of a day’s work would not be seen to be following the spirit of them, especially given the tough time the country has been going through.”

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Warning to drug users in Ceredigion over ‘Street Valium’

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POLICE are once again warning drug users in Ceredigion to take extra care when taking illegal prescription drugs especially when taken in conjunction with other drugs and/or alcohol. Mixing drugs, knowingly or unknowingly, can be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that drug users are making use of “Street Valium” at the moment and this is very concerning as individuals just do not know what these tablets may have been combined with. Valium, also known as diazepam – is a benzodiazepine. Combining opioids and benzodiazepines is particularly dangerous because both types of drug sedate users and suppress breathing”.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Ben Lake MP stands up for Ceredigion’s hospitality sector in Parliament

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A WESTMINSTER Hall debate, brought about by an online petition signed over 200,000 times, saw MPs on both sides come together to shine a light on the challenges currently faced by restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés and supply chain businesses across the UK.

During his contribution to the debate, Ben Lake MP emphasised the importance of the hospitality industry to Ceredigion’s local economy. Ceredigion is home to nearly 400 food and accommodation businesses, including 75 pubs, and together hospitality businesses employ 4,500 people in the county. This equates to over 16% of all employees, without accounting for the many supply chain jobs that are dependent on the sector, such as those found in breweries, food wholesale, and catering equipment hire businesses.

Figures published by UK Hospitality have shown that approximately 41% of hospitality businesses suggested that they would fail by mid-2021 and only one in five sector businesses have enough cash flow to survive beyond February.

Ben Lake MP said: “The vaccination programme of course offers some hope that we will see the level of Covid disruption reduce significantly this year, but hospitality businesses across Ceredigion tell me that they are deeply concerned about their immediate prospects for survival.

“I support calls for the Treasury to provide additional funds so that businesses can be supported to bounce back once restrictions have been eased, and to pause employer national insurance contributions for furloughed employees as a way of alleviating the burden on businesses that are still, in many instances, required by law to close. I also urged the Treasury to consider extending the business rates holiday for the forthcoming financial year, as well as extending the hospitality VAT reduction scheme into 2022.

“Not only would these support measures give businesses the support they require to see out this pandemic, it would also avoid the terrible situation whereby businesses that have previously received Government support are forced to close for good – leaving their employees without a job and previous Government support in vain.”

While there will be no direct action as a consequence of this Westminster Hall debate, it is hoped the result will put increased pressure on the UK Government to consider the proposal more seriously.

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