Thousands left without water in Britain

Icicles at the Bishopton tunnel

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. However, others are more hard and might not be picked up until people are out of water or begin to lose pressure when they turn on the tap.

However, some suppliers have kept warnings in place and are advising customers to use water sparingly, as some parts of the United Kingdom are still experiencing shortages.

It comes as Thames Water said around 12,000 homes were left with no running water following the recent deep freeze and thaw, while several water companies said they were also tackling multiple bursts on their networks.

Essex & Suffolk Water is encouraging customers to keep an eye out for bursts pipes and leaks across the region.

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.

About 20,000 homes in London and 6,000 in Sussex were without water yesterday because of burst pipes.

South London resident Natasha Prayag told Sky News she was without water late into Sunday night, after her supply was cut off on Saturday evening.

A statement said: "I am very sorry for the inconvenience and will let families know as soon I know more".

'This preparation helped us reduce the time customers had either no water or reduced pressure.

"We have done the leaks from the trunk mains and we are finding leaks in the network and fixing them".

With water issues happening right across the country, the supplier of bottled water is under pressure and the company is doing all it can to get additional deliveries to areas 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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