Burst pipes close United Kingdom vehicle plant and leave thousands without water

06 March, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
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Severn Trent, a supplier of water to 4.3 million homes and businesses in the middle of England, said the number of burst pipes was up 4000 per cent, while in Wales, Welsh Water said between 3000 and 6000 homes were being affected.

Claire Sharp, customer director, said: "We're beginning to thaw out and as the temperature rises this causes bursts and leaks to appear on both our own water network and our customers' pipework".

A spokesperson for Thames Water said: "We are really sorry for the ongoing disruption, and we have every available resource working to resolve it as quickly as possible".

The water supply problems, triggered by last week's extreme weather, have led to school closures and emergency water distribution in parts of London.

A lorry arrived in Rotherfield and South East Water workers unloaded huge supplies of bottled water for distribution among residents.

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Up to 130 teams of engineers and technicians are finding and fixing leaks across the region, the spokesman said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan added: "It is unacceptable that thousands of Londoners remain without water this morning".

"On Saturday and Sunday we had no water whatsoever".

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

However, some suppliers have kept warnings in place and are advising customers to use water sparingly, as some parts of the United Kingdom are still experiencing shortages.

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"I am concerned for all the elderly people stuck without water or information - and disabled people".

Bottled water is available for people in Hampstead who are now without water.

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Burst water mains caused by a thaw in Britain's freezing temperatures closed a Jaguar Land Rover vehicle plant in central England on Monday and left tens of thousands of people without water.

People across south east England are being urged to cut down on their water use after thousands of homes were left without running taps due to the "big thaw" after Storm Emma.

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