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Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Lenham: Schools closed as thousands of homes left without water

Lenham: Schools closed as thousands of homes left without water

The shortage was due to burst pipes caused by the extreme weather in recent days. 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.

Thousands of homes across south-east England are without water as mains frozen pipes burst as they thawed.

South East Water had asked homeowners, business owners and members of the public to keep an eye out for leaks after 130 million litres of extra water was pumped out across the network on Saturday.

At a supermarket in Balham, south London, Thames Water employees distributed crates of bottled water to a waiting queue of people, while in Hampstead to the north of the capital, they ferried crates to residential streets in their own cars.

"We are getting as much extra water into our network as we can and sincerely apologize to all our customers who are now without water or who have low pressure", said Thames Water in a press release.

Suppliers warned that water supplies would continue to face disruption on Monday as they worked to fix leaks and refill pipes. This will make a real difference.

The "Beast From The East" brought snow misery to thousands in the last week, but temperatures are set to reach double figures in the south.

"In the meantime, we are all working hard to prioritise supplies for vulnerable customers, to provide bottled water where necessary and to provide updates via social media and our websites".

Seven Trent said it has restored supplies after an "unprecedented number of leaks" from pipes left parts of Rugby with low water pressure or no water at all - but it might not be over yet.

On Sunday about 6,000 households in Sussex were without water.

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