South West Water giving out free water to Exeter residents…

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FREE water is being handed out to those affected by the shortage of liquids following the huge fire in Exeter City Centre.

South West Water has brought several bottles of water and will be located outside Costa Coffee in Bedford Street following the fire alongside Cathedral Green.

Charlotte Quantick from South West Water said: "Because the fire brigade have been using the water from our network it means the supply is pretty dry.

"Property and flats surrounding Princesshay currently have little or no water so we've come out with a load of water and we've sent a text out to all our customers letting them know we are here for them to come and get some water."

Efforts to fight the fire have been consuming much of Exeter's water supply. South West Water told customers in the city centre that it had been forced to make alterations to its mains network to support the fire service.

"As a result some customers in the city centre, and potentially in the Wonford area, may experience low pressure or discoloration of their water supply. The Royal Devon and Exeter and Nuffield hospitals will not be affected," a statement from the company said.

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