Thousands left without water in Britain

Water shortage

South West Water said it was dealing with an unprecedented number of burst water mains and warned some customers that potable water may have a "noticeable taste".

One person, @bengillam, tweeted South East Water.to say: "How much longer for Crowborough, we've made national news now and been without water for days now, our business is unable to function properly and had to send staff Home this is not acceptable".

Thames Water assured that now they pump an additional 500 million liters of water per day through its network, equivalent to 200 Olympic swimming pools, to solve the problem. In Kent, which is adjacent to London, without water were 5 thousand households, according to a service company "Southern Water".

"It is unacceptable that thousands of Londoners remain without water this morning", Mayor Khan said on Twitter.

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

In a joint statement with Thames Water, South East Water and Affinity water, it has urged customers who do have running water only to use it where essential.

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Farther north, Scottish Water said there was no significant impact on its customers because Scotland had not suffered the same rapid thaw.

The county's supplier, Southern Water, is one of four companies in the United Kingdom to issue the warning, following last week's snow and ice cold weather.

"Over the last few years there have been several major water leaks, burst water mains causing severe disruption to my constituents meaning that they can't wash, they can't cook, they can't do the basic things we take for granted", he said in the House of Commons yesterday.

Jaguar Land Rover and Cadbury plants in the Midlands were forced to close temporarily due to the problems - but Severn Trent Water said the "situation is now resolved and they are able to use their water as normal". "We know how infuriating this is and want to assure them that the whole company is working flat out to fix the problems".

Forecasters at the Met Office said the United Kingdom was likely to be over the worst of the freezing weather which caused the problems.

The British Meteorological Office (Met Office) noted that the country faces the coldest winter since 1991.

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