Village's bottled water delivery as pipes are burst

Randolph Lopez
March 6, 2018

Thames Valley also issued a joint statement with South East Water, Southern Water and Affinity Water, which urged customers to use as little water as possible "while things get back to normal".

Steve added: "We were prepared for the poor weather when it swept in and have also been planning for the thaw and the bursts we knew it would inevitably cause".

The disruptions to the water supply began to affect people in parts of the borough including Bilton, Dunchurch, Newbold, Brownsover and Hillmorton on the evening of Sunday, March 4.

They urged those who still had access to avoid all but essential water use.

Thames Water has not said when households can expect water supplies to return, but said engineers were working around the clock to resolve the problems.

A water company official was quizzed by councillors at a flood meeting this afternoon as thousands of people spent the day without running water.

Burst pipes and other factors knocked out water service to some 20,000 homes in London for days.

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Citing "significant" numbers of people being left without water, the companies have advised people take short showers not baths and only use dishwashers containing full loads.

Tina Callaghan, who is disabled, had also come to collect bottled water and said: "You can't go to the toilet, you can't make tea".

Severn Trent said it had seen almost a 4,000% increase in reports of burst pipes, while various water companies have set up bottled water distribution points to provide clean drinking water to those impacted by the issues.

In a statement, the company said: "We've seen an increase in leaks and bursts on our network, which we are urgently dealing with as fast as we possibly can".

Earlier Thames Water issued a warning about burst pipes after the recent freezing temperatures followed by a rapid thaw.

'This preparation helped us reduce the time customers had either no water or reduced pressure.

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