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Lenham: Schools closed as thousands of homes left without water

Lenham: Schools closed as thousands of homes left without water

"While it is impossible to predict which pipes will burst and where, we have had crews on standby 24 hours a day and we have been sending them wherever they are needed".

The extreme weather that has battered the United Kingdom has caused a water shortage in London and the South East with households being asked to use as little water as possible.

Simon Earl, the company's operations director, asked customers only to use water "for the essentials".

"Where possible, take short showers rather than baths, do not leave taps running unnecessarily and only run washing machines and dish washers when you have a full load", the company said in a statement on its website.

"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.

"We're working with local authorities, police and fire make sure we're identifying vulnerable customers and providing bottled water where needed".

A Tweet from the water supplier said: "We're sorry to customers in Ashford Lenham who are waking up to no water this morning".

A lorry arrived in Rotherfield and South East Water workers unloaded huge supplies of bottled water for distribution among residents.

"If possible, avoid using appliances at the peak times of 7:00 to 9:00 and 16:00 to 19:00".

On a normal winter's day, the company produces on average 500 million litres of water, but yesterday the high demand resulted in 630 million litres being treated and sent out into the network.

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. Water networks in other parts of the United Kingdom - including Birmingham, Nottingham and Derbyshire - have apologized to customers who were briefly left without water access, but added that most supply issues have now been resolved. In nearby Kent, 5000 households supplied by Southern Water had problems.


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