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Ice Bucket Challenge overwhelms water system on Scottish island

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The water system on a Scottish island shut down after too many residents participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a charity activity to raise awareness and funds for ALS research.

The Daily Mail is reporting that demand for water spiked over the weekend on Colonsay island, which is home to about 135 people.

The water system automatically shuts down during such surges to prevent waste; however, residents were still able to access emergency water supplies, according to a spokesman for Scottish Water.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is also taking off in South Shields in England, where a Tesco ran out of ice on Saturday, according to the Daily Mail.

“We don’t usually sell so much ice at this time of year — it’s usually only this popular when big events like the World Cup are on,” Daniel Smith, duty manager of Tesco, said.

The Ice Bucket Challenge involves making a financial donation and pouring a bucket of ice water on one’s head while being filmed. Participants then nominate someone else to dump ice on their head. The challenge has spread over social media.

Dozens of celebrities have participated in the challenge, which supports the ALS Association in the U.S. In Britain, participants support the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

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Julie Balise

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