A COUNCILLOR has called for the water system in Bodelwyddan to be modernised after hundreds of properties were affected by a burst water main on June 20.
Cllr Alice Jones, for Bodelwyddan, said it was no secret that the water system needs updating.
“It is well understood by people who have known and lived in this area for many years that there are severe weaknesses in the pipeline from the source of the water at Glascoed Water Works, and particular the Llanerch Water Treatment Works which is very old and in need of modernising and replacing,” she said.
“There are also burst pipes in Bryn Dedwydd which is causing inconvenience to residents as the street is very narrow and part of the pavement is affected, and the water table is constantly high in Bodelwyddan.
“A hole that has been dug to access the pipe was full to the top with water on Friday morning, and this could pose danger to children.”
Welsh Water say it is satisfied with the condition of the drinking water network in this area, and believe the burst was linked to routine maintenance work it was carrying out elsewhere.
Cllr Jones said the limited supplies caused great inconvenience to residents in 750 houses, local businesses and Ysgol Y Faenol, who were forced to shut and send pupils home.
A spokesman for Denbighshire County Council said headteacher Rhian Jones made the decision to close due to the fact there was no water supply to the building, and they re-opened the following day.
A spokesman for Welsh Water said: “Last week we were made aware of a burst water main on John’s Drive, Bodelwyddan which affected supplies to approximately 750 properties.
“We immediately went to site to repair the damaged main and supplies were returned to normal by early evening.
“We are liaising with the local highways authority to arrange a suitable date to return to the area to complete reinstatement work to the relevant part of the highway.
“We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this incident has caused.”