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Many British homes left without water as snow thaw bursts pipes

Many British homes left without water as snow thaw bursts pipes

The recent snowstorms in the United Kingdom, which ground planes, stopped trains, blocked roads and shut schools, also resulted in frozen pipes.

This then caused havoc across Thames Water, South East Water, Southern Water, and Affinity Water - which cover London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The water leakage has meant the school has had to turn off all water and electricity.

To help us further we would ask our customers who do have water to only use water for the essentials.

In a statement, Ofwat chief executive, Rachel Fletcher, said: "The ongoing water supply problems affecting the country, most particularly parts of London and the South East of England, have been deeply distressing for all those affected".

Severn Trent Water are dealing with numerous leaks discovered as snow and ice receded today (Sunday 4th March).

The company apologised and say the number of homes without water is now down to 12,000 - and falling - as engineers battle to fix widespread disruption to the water supply.

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     CRISIS Bottles of water are being handed out to residents
PA CRISIS Bottles of water are being handed out to residents

More than 20,000 homes were left with no running water at the weekend after the deep freeze and thaw.

Jerry White, business manager at Thames Water, said freezing temperatures followed by a "sudden thaw over Friday night" has led to a sharp increase in reported leakages and burst pipes.

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He added: "We are asking people to look in their attics, airing cupboards, under their sinks and to check the taps out in their gardens to see if they have got any unnoticed leaks which could be a trickle at the moment but later will cause major damage".

In the joint statement, water companies said they "sincerely apologise" to those experiencing problems.

London's water collection points are located at Hampstead No 1 Pond Car Park in North London, and the Homebase on Woodgate Drive, Streatham Vale.

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