Pipes burst leaves thousands of Britons without water

Thawing Weather Sparks Water Supply Problems

Thames Water has been supplying affected customers with bottled water

Thames Water said the demand for water was "unprecedented", and the company urged customers to use as little water as they could during the outage, the report added.

Ian Limb of Portsmouth Water said: 'Bursts have always been a risk when there are sudden rises in temperature which causes ground movements regardless whether they are plastic or cast iron pipes.

According to the firm, this saw it treat about 130 million more litres of water than it would normally provide on a normal winter's day - enough to fill 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

"We're asking customers to look at their pipes in their properties and end any unnecessary use of water, such as washing a vehicle", Mr White said.

Bottled water stations have been set up in the worst affected areas and supplies to them are being topped up as quickly as possible.

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Huge amounts of water saw pipes bursting as 130 engineer teams scrambled to fix "a large number of leaking pipes" in the capital.

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.

This comes while many people in Hastings are experiencing two days without proper running water due to a burst pipe, which Southern Water has apologised for.

Hundreds of customers took to Twitter to highlight problems with their water supply.

Thousands of properties across the United Kingdom are still without water after a rapid thaw caused pipes to burst.

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On Sunday about 6,000 households in Sussex were without water.

Tina Callaghan, who is disabled, had also come to collect bottled water and said: "You can't go to the toilet, you can't make tea".

A spokesperson for Thames Water said: "We are really sorry to all those customers who are now without water".

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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