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Inverness street closed while Scottish Water repairs burst pipe on riverside

By Philip Murray

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Engineers have begun repairs to a burst water main in the heart of Inverness.

Douglas Row, located on the riverside, has been closed to vehicles while Scottish Water staff work to repair the fault.

The leak was first reported earlier this week, after passers by noticed water bubbling up onto the street. Residents in some nearby homes even had to deploy sandbags to try to keep the water from entering their gardens and properties.

Its location next to the River Ness flood defences also sparked speculation that the leak could undermine or damage its foundations if it was left untouched for any length of time.

But Scottish Water confirmed on Thursday that engineers were due to begin work on the repair on Friday, and they duly arrived on the scene this morning to begin their work.

The location of the burst pipe on Douglas Row on Thursday.
The location of the burst pipe on Douglas Row on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the company said: “To allow work to be carried out safely, Douglas Row will be closed to traffic for the duration of the work but pedestrian access will remain in place.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused while these essential repairs are carried out.”

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