'Big thaw' leaves thousands without water

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The temperature in Britain rose and weather conditions became stable, however the pipes explosion, which occurred during the freezing wave, still trouble thousands of homes left without running water.

Bosses at Thames Water, South East Water, Southern Water and Affinity Water, which serve Bracknell, Wokingham and Reading, Berkshire, say customers across the south east are either without water or have low pressure.

Due to the complexity of the issue, there is no estimate at the moment as to how long it will take to restore supplies, as engineers attempt to divert water and make repairs.

To let Essex & Suffolk Water know about any leaks or bursts, customers can call the leakline on 0800 526 337 or by filling in the online form here.

They said they are putting as much extra water as possible into local networks and fixing leaks and bursts as quickly as possible.

Bottled water is available for people in Hampstead who are now without water.

Significant numbers of customers are now without water or have low pressure.

The suppliers have effectively told up to 13million people across London and the South of England to curb their use of water or risk having none at all.

An appeal has gone out from South East Water for people to help find leaks both inside their homes, on business premises and out in streets and fields. While it is impossible to predict which pipes will burst and where, we have had crews on standby and ready to go to wherever they are needed.

In the joint statement, water companies said they "sincerely apologise" to those experiencing problems.

If a burst water main causes the outage, the supply must be restored within 12 hours of the company becoming aware of the problem.

London's water collection points are located at Hampstead No 1 Pond Car Park in North London, and the Homebase on Woodgate Drive, Streatham Vale.

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