Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
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Kent homes without water after pipes burst

Kent homes without water after pipes burst

Thames Water said about 12,000 homes remain affected, adding it had repaired a large leaking water pipe which had caused low pressure or no water.

Thames Water has faced criticism after a total of up to 20,000 properties in London and the Thames Valley had their supplies cut off over the weekend, The Guardian says.

Households across the United Kingdom were further inconvenienced as thawing snow burst multiple pipes, leaving tens of thousands of homes without running water.

The county's supplier, Southern Water, is one of four companies in the United Kingdom to issue the warning, following last week's snow and ice cold weather.

London's mayor Sadiq Khan said it was "unacceptable" that thousands across the capital were without water.

A spokesperson said: "We predict that there will still be further bursts due to the weather, so we'd still continue to ask anyone who spots a leak to let us know as soon as possible - the sooner we can find any further leaks, the sooner we can fix them".

A tweet from the Dunraven School in Lambeth said: "We'd hoped things would have been resolved by now. We will update families when we can".

Hundreds of customers took to Twitter to highlight problems with their water supply.

In a joint statement with Thames Water, South East Water and Affinity water, it has urged customers who do have running water only to use it where essential.

Others have rallied to help their neighbours, offering to collect water for elderly or disabled people. "Going through bottled water like nobody's business".

Ian Limb of Portsmouth Water said: 'Bursts have always been a risk when there are sudden rises in temperature which causes ground movements regardless whether they are plastic or cast iron pipes. Meanwhile, homeowners across the United Kingdom are being urged to reduce their water usage, following concerns that widespread leaks could create a national water shortage.

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