Big Thaw Brings Burst Water Pipes and Leaks

Mar 06, 2018, 01:36
Big Thaw Brings Burst Water Pipes and Leaks

Sittingbourne was also affected by the huge number of bursts across the pipe network which were caused by thawing following freezing temperatures last week.

In a joint statement on Sunday, four South East companies said they were experiencing "exceptionally high levels of demand" and Thames Water said 12,000 homes were without water.

Schools have been forced to close, while farmers are struggling to make sure their livestock have enough to drink.

On Saturday, the company saw an unprecedented demand for water which was five per cent more that it sees on the hottest day of summer.

Both Lenham Primary School and the Lenham School announced that they have been struck by a water shortage and will not be open to pupils today.

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People are urged to have short showers rather than baths, not to leave taps running and to only use dishwashers and washing machines if they're full.

Auto maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) also halted production at a vehicle plant near Birmingham so that water supplier Severn Trent could direct water to schools and hospitals in order to keep them open.

Others offered to help vulnerable neighbours.

"You don't realise until something like this happens how much you actually need it".

Steve said: "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".

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South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust also took to Twitter to appeal to Thames Water for bottled water for its patients - and it seems to have worked.

Scottish Water said: "Weather and road conditions have presented challenges in maintaining our usual response services and we apologise if you've experienced a delay in us getting to you".

About 20,000 homes in London and 6,000 in Sussex were without water yesterday because of burst pipes.

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

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