SCOTTISH Water have set up bottled water distribution points to help Inverclyde residents after ice blocked the local water treatment works.
An update at 5.30pm stated water could be collected from two drive-thru locations:
— Waterfront Leisure Complex, Customhouse Way, Greenock
— Battery Park car park, Eldon Street, Greenock
Long traffic queues have formed on approach to Battery Park, as far back as Shore Street.
Scottish Water’s team at bottled water distribution points will be following pandemic guidelines to maintain social distancing and work safely.
Customers are asked to remain in their cars and follow the advice of staff on site.
Details of further distribution points will be given as they become available.
Bottled water is being distributed to vulnerable customers on Scottish Water’s priority service register if their supply is interrupted.
Engineers are working to restore water production at the Overton works after ice blocked an intake from Loch Thom which supplies homes and business in Inverclyde.
Divers have been deployed in the loch and have made progress with clearing the submerged intakes of ice.
Engineers have also reconfigured the water network to reduce the area served by the works to a minimum.
The issue is expected to impact upon supplies for approximately 13,000 homes and businesses this afternoon and evening in Greenock, Gourock, Inverkip, Wemyss Bay and Skelmorlie.
Extra drinking water is being brought into the area by road tankers in order to maintain supply to homes and businesses via the water network where possible.