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Thousands of homes are still without water as shortage crisis continues

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Deanna Wagner | 09 March, 2018, 03:08

Thus, the company "Thames Water" providing water supply services, Sewerage and wastewater treatment in London, said that the flow pipe in the British capital have left 12tys. households without water or with small amount of water due to very low pressure.

One person, @bengillam, tweeted South East Water.to say: "How much longer for Crowborough, we've made national news now and been without water for days now, our business is unable to function properly and had to send staff Home this is not acceptable".

One Twitter user, @priscillav1989 said in a post addressed to Thames Water: "I start to think that it is more likely to find water in the desert than in London after nearly four days without water". South East Water usually deals with eight to 10 bursts a day.

"While the recent severe freeze and thaw have undoubtedly had an impact on pipes and infrastructure, this weather was forecast in advance, said the Ofwat chief executive, Rachel Fletcher".

A small number of residents also reported power outages, though electricity providers are yet to confirm any supply disruptions.

Local residents collect bottled water distributed by Thames Water after mains supplies to homes were cut off following bad weather, in Balham, south London, March 5, 2018.

Companies handed out bottled water to affected customers over the weekend.

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Many customers across the United Kingdom have been urged to use as little water as possible while the problems are fixed.

Industry regulator Ofwat has criticised water companies for failing to plan for colder weather and ignoring warnings.

The suppliers have effectively told up to 13million people across London and the South of England to curb their use of water or risk having none at all.

So far, 71 leaks have been repaired and a further 100 identified.

In central England, water supplier Severn Trent said the number of burst pipes was up 4000 per cent, while in Wales, Welsh Water said "unprecedented challenges" had affected 4,500 homes. "We know how infuriating this is and want to assure them that the whole company is working flat out to fix the problems".

Forecaster Mark Wilson said: "There will be a noticeable change in the weather, it will be less cold and there will be less snow and ice".

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