Burst pipes leave homes and businesses without running water in wake of Storm Emma
The intense snow and ice of last week has left a number of homes and businesses throughout the South East with no access to running water. Due to burst pipes, regional supplier South East Water’s ‘incident team’, as well as more than 100 extra staff, have been working around the clock to combat the issue, by pumping ‘around 50 Olympic swimming pools’ worth of extra water’ into its network.
As of 8pm on Sunday, efforts were still underway to find and fix problems with water supplies across Kent and Sussex. In the meantime, bottled water stations have been set up in Wadhurst, Rotherfield, Lenham and Crowborough, as South East Water has continued to work through the night, prioritising supplies for vulnerable customers, and advising not to use water for anything that isn’t essential.
‘We are putting as much extra water as we can into our network and fixing leaks and bursts as quickly as possible,’ they said in a statement. ‘We sincerely apologise to all those who are currently without water or experiencing low pressure.’