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Motorists are being advised to avoid the city centre end of Hills Road during this evening's rush hour (Mon 9 Feb) while Cambridge Water carries out emergency repairs to a water main.
The work will take place in the road outside the Co-op, close to the junctions with Russell Street and Glisson Road.
Manually operated traffic lights will be in place throughout the rush hour and the pedestrian crossing outside the HSBC bank will be temporarily closed.
Around 25 business and 350 homes are likely to be without water for a short time while the repair work is carried out.
A spokesman said:
"We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank people in advance for their patience. The leaking water pipe was picked up using the electronic monitoring devices we have installed throughout the city centre. It is a very large leak, which if left may cause further damage to the road and lead to further disruption, so it is important we get it fixed as soon as possible.
We realise the work will cause delays during the rush hour and affect water supplies for a short period of time. At this stage we expect the water supply to be off for around two to three hours, however, this is dependent on what we find when we start digging. We would advise people to plan ahead by storing the water they need now.
All being well we hope to get the repair work completed later on this evening and the area should be back to normal by tomorrow morning."
When the supply is restored, it is possible some customers may experience brown or milky water. This discolouration is caused because the water main has been disturbed. Customers are advised to run their cold water supply for a few minutes until the water runs clear. If you have problems clearing the water, please contact us.