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Residents have been warned of ‘yellow and brown’ water gushing from pipes after a power leak in Wigan

Residents of Wigan have been warned they may have brown water coming out of their taps.

This is due to a leak in a water main on Rose Hill Avenue in Pemberton.

Residents received a message from United Utilities warning them of “discolored water”.

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It read: “Due to damage to our water line, some customers in your area are experiencing discolored water.

“The discoloration can range from a light straw yellow color to dark brown, and is caused by a disturbance of the sedimentary deposits throughout, composed of naturally occurring metals and minerals.”

Discolored water sufferers have been advised “not to run the hot water tap, use dishwashers, washing machines or any other appliance that uses your hot water supply”.

The post also provided people with tips on how to fix the problem.

Those with discolored water have been urged not to use their washing machines

“Let the first incoming cold water tap (usually in the kitchen) run until it clears – this can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, so why not collect that water and use it for hosing your plants?

“If you’re over a yard, don’t worry, it’s less than fivepence.”

“We are truly sorry for the inconvenience and hope this information has been helpful,” the post concluded.

A spokesman for United Utilities told MEN: ‘Some customers in the Pemberton area of ​​Wigan may be experiencing poor water pressure or discolored water due to a main water leak on Rose Hill Avenue.

“Our engineers are on site to repair the pipe. In the meantime, we advise customers to run their cold water taps slowly to dislodge any sediment. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.