Lenham: Schools closed as thousands of homes left without water

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A spokesperson for Thames Water said: "We are really sorry for the ongoing disruption, and we have every available resource working to resolve it as quickly as possible".

Our water experts have been working around the clock in hard conditions to locate and fix burst pipes as quickly as possible. The company has seen a almost 4,000 per cent increase in burst pipe alarms.

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".

Thousand of homes have been left without water for days due to problems caused by extreme weather.

Other suppliers also said they were struggling with burst pipes.

They urged those who still had access to avoid all but essential water use. "We are dealing with multiple leaks in cities, towns and villages so when we fix a pipe there are others still causing issues and water is not returning".

Furious MPs have called for a public inquiry after 20,000 homes in London were left without water.

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.

In the Commons, Thames Water was criticised for failing to contact residents and tell them how they could collect bottles of water.

Taking short showers rather than baths, being careful to turn taps off and only running washing machines and dishwashers with a full load "will make a real difference", the statement said.

Thames water also asked its customers to cut usage until leaks could be fixed and pipes were refilled.

Severn Trent, a supplier of water to 4.3 million homes and businesses in the middle of England, said the number of burst pipes was up 4000 percent, while in Wales, Welsh Water said "unprecedented challenges" had affected 4,500 homes.

Not all areas are affected equally, but significant numbers of customers are now without water or have low pressure.

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