And villagers are left high and dry!

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A WATER shortage in Torphichen last week meant some villagers had to go to the swimming pool to wash.

Local resident John McKenzie went to Bathgate swimming pool and had to use a local laundrette on Wednesday after not having water for two days.

After contacting Scottish Water this week, a spokesperson said: “Scottish Water engineers carefully planned the replacement of a strategic trunk main, which had a history of bursts, serving the village of Torphichen. The water network in the area was therefore redistributed to ensure supply was maintained throughout, and bottled water supplies were ordered as a precaution. Customers were provided with advance notification.

“This rezoning work however led to a series of unforeseen bursts within the village. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

The spokesman confirmed the water supply resumed in Torphichen by Wednesday night and that the unforeseen bursts had sparked off a huge effort to fix the situation.