Thousands of businesses, schools and homes have been left without water after a thaw in temperatures caused a number of burst pipes and leaks across networks.
Some customers of Anglian Water, Severn Trent, Southern Water, United Utilities and Thames Water were among those affected by the outages.
Leaking pipes in London are still affecting around 10,000 homes and businesses who have been left without water or are suffering from very low pressure.
Many businesses, schools and health centres were forced to close around the capital as Thames Water resorted to giving away bottled water in two locations.
Due to a burst water pipe, Gracefield Gardens Health Centre is closed until further notice. If you have an appointment, please call the relevant clinic before coming to the centre. We are sorry for any inconvenience https://t.co/6kyOlmhgmL pic.twitter.com/XjMNudXLm2
— Guy’s and St Thomas’ (@GSTTnhs) March 5, 2018
Due to this ongoing issue, we will have to be closed tomorrow, Mon 5 March. Very sorry for such short notice. We’d hoped things would have been resolved by now. No water on either site means we can’t open the school. We will update families when we can. https://t.co/5y7g0H3U2S
— Dunraven (@Dunraven_School) March 4, 2018
Hi everyone. Just to let you know, unfortunately The Way Youth Zone will be closed this evening due to the building currently having no hot water or heating. We are looking into this issue and we will keep you posted about tomorrow, sorry guys.
— The Way Youth Zone (@TheWayYouthZone) March 5, 2018
Unfortunately the Harlow club is still closed with technicians trying to fix the heating and water issue. We do not know when the club will be reopen at this point. As soon as the issues are resolved you will receive an email from head office. Sorry for the inconvenience.
— Pure Gym Harlow (@puregymharlow) March 5, 2018
Thames Water would not say when households can expect water supplies to return to normal. The company said it was pumping an extra 500 million litres of water a day to help restore supply.
They also had 130 teams of engineers finding and fixing leaks across the network.
In the meantime, the company is asking customers to take short showers rather than baths and to not leave taps “running unnecessarily and only run washing machines and dishwashers when you have a full load”.
Thames Water was criticised by Lambeth councillor Scott Ainslie who deemed the weather a “feeble excuse”.
“The country can’t slow down every time the temperature falls below zero for a few days”, he said.
“They can’t get away with a feeble excuse that it’s exceptional weather – I think the worst it got to was minus six in London, we’ve had minus six before.”
The councillor also described Streatham High Road as a “ghost town” because so many businesses have been forced to shut for the last few days.
In nearby Kent, 5000 households supplied by Southern Water had issues while Severn Trent, a supplied in the Middle of England said that the number of burst pipes was up 4,000 per cent.
In Wales, Welsh Water said that between 3,000 and 6,000 homes and businesses were being affected.
More businesses were closed across the country.
— Dee Light Bakery (@deelightbakery) March 4, 2018
Schools are now closed due to no water in Blaenau Ffestiniog also. Schools and business will have to be closed due to this @DwrCymru
— Nerys Watkin-Mayer (@Indiana2282) March 5, 2018
No water since 7am yesterday business owner wanting to get open and serve coffee – please give us more info and keep us posted
— St David coffeehouse (@StDavidCoffee) March 2, 2018
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