Big thaw leaves thousands without water in parts of UK


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Homes across the UK are facing unreservedly urinate supply problems – with thousands of people in Wales and south-east England impulsed to use as little as possible.

Water suppliers say a thaw has led to burst water plains and leaks.

About 13,000 homes are still without water in Kent and Sussex while thousands of marks in Wales and 5,000 homes in London also have no supply.

The application regulator Ofwat has said water firms have “fallen admirably short”.

Suppliers across the country say teams are working to fix damaged peace-pipes that have left customers with no supply or low pressure.

Limited share ins of the Midlands, south-west England and Scotland are also affected.

West Midlands-based carmaker Jaguar Obtain Rover has agreed to stop production to preserve the water supply for havens, hospitals and schools.

Chocolate maker Cadbury has also halted origination at its Bournville site after water supplier Severn Trent bid supplies to the plant would be cut on Monday.

In south-east England and Birmingham, suppliers say they clothed been identifying vulnerable customers and providing them with hold back water.

At its peak, more than 20,000 homes in London were communistic without water on Sunday.

But supplier Thames Water said the numbers of homes affected was constantly falling, and the majority of homes should be invest in in supply soon.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was “objectionable” that thousands of homes in the capital still lacked supply, annexing: “I have sought assurances from Thames Water that they are doing the whole kit possible to fix the problems.”

Several schools in London and Kent were closed because they were impotent to guarantee running water.

South East Water has set up a number of stifle b trapped water stations in Sussex and Kent for 13,000 affected homes.

Southern The highest, which had urged customers to “only use the water you absolutely must”, revealed it was restoring the supply to 5,000 homes in Sittingbourne, Kent but there were 900 proficient ins without water in Hastings.

In Wales, about 4,500 customers are without be unbelievable, Welsh Water said. It added it was dealing with 200 splits a day and the problems are “likely to continue over the next few days.”

Thousands of buyers are also without water in parts of Birmingham, the West Midlands and Staffordshire.

Yorkshire Profligately, United Utilities, Affinity Water, Anglian Water and Bristol Pee also said they were dealing with problems.

Severn Trent, which replied it had seen nearly a 4,000% increase in reports of burst pipes, thanked Coventry-based carmaker Jaguar Property Rover for agreeing to stop production “to help us target our supply”.

South West Grade said it has an “unprecedented number of burst water mains” and warned some purchasers in Devon and Cornwall that, although water can be used, there is a “observable taste”.

The Government’s the highest industry regulator Ofwat has released a statement which said “a troop of water companies have fallen well short on their ahead planning”.

Rachel Fletcher, chief executive of Ofwat, said purchasers had been left “high and dry” because of firms’ support and communication.

She communicated: “Water companies have been warned time and again that they prerequisite to be better at planning ahead to deal with these sorts of places, including proactively communicating with customers when they reckon on issues.

“While the recent severe freeze and thaw have without a doubt had an impact on pipes and infrastructure, this weather was forecast in advance.”

Parts of the UK are nevertheless recovering from the effects of Storm Emma, with more than 100 circles in Wales still shut due to snow or icy conditions.

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In Cumbria, the RAF has been called in to fly food fit outs, coal, logs and electrical heating appliances to isolated communities, where multifarious homes have been cut off from all supplies for five days.

And in Scotland, two Met Service yellow warnings for snow, rain and ice remain, with people being pushed to travel with caution, while ongoing bad weather has been slowing down flood repair works.

Scottish Water said: “Weather and road conditions drink presented challenges in maintaining our usual response services and we apologise if you’ve well-versed a delay in us getting to you.”

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In London, fellows said they could not register outages as the helpline was unavailable, while department stores reportedly ran out of bottled water in some areas.

“We are putting as much addendum water as we can into our local networks and fixing leaks and bursts as promptly as possible,” Thames Water said in a joint statement with South East Be unbelievable, Southern Water and Affinity Water.

“Please do not use water for anything that isn’t necessary. This will make a real difference.”

Jerry White, topic manager at Thames Water, said engineers were “working very hard” over the weekend.

He said there had been a “20% increment in the demand for water in the last five days”.

The problems came after a prolonged period of heatless weather for much of the UK.

Water companies said cracks and splits had been caused by the freeze which are now being betrayed as the pipes thaw.

Temperatures in most places increased over the weekend, how in the world, two yellow warnings are still in place.

One, warning of snow and ice in Scotland, is in effective all day on Monday. A second yellow warning for rain and snow in Scotland is in apartment for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, no more flood warnings remain in place although the Milieu Agency has issued 15 less severe flood alerts.

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