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ANGRY families have told of their desperation after they were left with no running water amid the coronavirus lockdown.

George and Angela Christie are among those pleading with Scottish Water bosses for a temporary solution to problems at their York Street flat.

Residents say they have been forced to flee to Central station just to use the toilets after most of their building, which is a mix of commercial and residential properties, shut down last week in the wake of strict measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

They believe the water pressure has been reduced by Scottish Water and claim it could be fixed with the “flick of a switch” by the company.

“Clearly we can’t go on for three weeks like this or if it is extended any longer,” George, 55, told us. “We are in the middle of Glasgow with no water.

“All we have asked is for Scottish Water to not throttle the pressure and leave it where it normally stands so we can get it up to our unit because we are self-isolating like everyone in Scotland.

“My wife has MS, so she is here for at least the next 12 weeks according to the guidelines. We haven’t been able to bathe on a regular basis and we had been going to Central to go to the toilet.”

Engineers from Scottish Water visited the property last week and were able to sort the pressure only for it to die down an hour later.

And George and Angela, 57, are adamant not enough is being done to help them and other residents as they grow increasingly worried about what to do if they cannot leave their home.

Their concern is shared by neighbours Martin and Renee Sansone and their two children, aged five and eight, who have now asked Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewliss to get involved.

Martin, 51, said: “For Scottish Water’s management to inflict such hardship directly at a time of Covid – simply as a draconian measure of reducing risk to ageing pipework – without care for its customers, is mean spirited beyond comprehension.”

Lucy Hales, director of Blythswood Property Management Ltd, the property’s factor, added: “I know it is not necessarily Scottish Water’s fault but there is something they can do to resolve it.”

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “Scottish Water operatives carried out investigations at York Street, Glasgow, following a call from a customer regarding low water pressure in their property.

“The investigations did not identify any issues with low pressure on public water network and the associated supply to the property. Our priority is to maintain our vital services to customers during the period of the Covid-19 outbreak and we will continue to engage with the customer to provide what support we can.”