Water is still out across large parts of London

Water shortage

Tens of thousands of homes in the United Kingdom were still without water after a thaw following recent freezing temperatures resulted in burst water mains and severely damaged pipes.

Up to 13,000 homes across Kent and Sussex have no water - with more people in surrounding areas facing low water pressure.

"It is unacceptable that thousands of Londoners remain without water this morning", Mayor Khan said on Twitter. They may do this by providing bottled water or through bowsers or stand pipes.

"While the recent severe freeze and thaw have undoubtedly had an impact on pipes and infrastructure, this weather was forecast in advance, said the Ofwat chief executive, Rachel Fletcher".

By Monday afternoon, the number of homes without water dropped to about 10,000, the Evening Standard reported, but customers who still didn't have running water were growing highly impatient. "I have sought assurances from Thames Water that they are doing everything possible to fix the problems & get the supply switched back on as soon as possible for everyone".

Industry regulator Ofwat has criticised water companies for failing to plan for colder weather and ignoring warnings.

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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.

Speaking at the Water UK City conference, he said that water companies had not been acting "sufficiently in the public interest" and accused some companies of "playing the system for the benefit of wealthy managers and owners, at the expense of consumers and the environment".

He said that some firms had "hidden behind complex financial structures, avoided paying taxes, have rewarded the already well-off, kept charges higher than they needed to be and allowed leaks, pollution and other failures to persist for far too long".

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.

In central England, water supplier Severn Trent said the number of burst pipes was up 4000 per cent, while in Wales, Welsh Water said "unprecedented challenges" had affected 4,500 homes.

Forecaster Mark Wilson said: "There will be a noticeable change in the weather, it will be less cold and there will be less snow and ice".

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