Scottish Island Runs Out of Water After Too Many Residents Do Ice Bucket Challenge

An island of the coast of Scotland was left without water because too many of its residents did the Ice Bucket Challenge. The island of Colonsay, in the Inner Hebrides, saw its supplies cut after demand soared.

The island, which has just over 100 residents and measures just right miles long, has a system where the water system cuts out to stop wastage and then has to be reset manually.

David Johnston of the Colonsay Brewery told The Sun newspaper that the water company had to send engineers out five times over the weekend.

He said: "The challenge spread round the island like wildfire. It hit a peak on Sunday evening. The water system must have thought there was a burst main."


Colonsay Island

A spokesman for Scottish Water confirmed that the water had been cut off, but said that residents could still access stored supplies.

The company said: "This does not impact water supply to customers, however, an operative does then need to go to the works and power it back up again."


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