06 October 2020 20:42
ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences A major water outage has hit east London, with at least nine postcodes affected. Thames Water said its specialists were working to "get things up and running as quickly as possible" after residents were left with low pressure or without water entirely. It said in a Twitter post on Tuesday evening that the following areas were affected: E6, E7, E10, E11, E12, E13, E15, E16, E20. "We'll always aim to have your water back on within 12 hours," the company added in a statement on its website.
Social media users shared their frustrations, with journalist Jessica Elgot tweeting: "East London currently has no running water, exactly what I'd expect from 2020 at this stage." NBC News reporter Alexander Smith wrote: "Not wanting to add more competition to this unending news cycle but there is a rather large water outage in east London. Another user commented: "Just days after a weekend of rain that could supply enough water (...) for everyone in the UK for the next 82 days, east London has no running water. While another joked: "Coronavirus on its way to east London now no-one can wash their hands." A number of people posted screenshots of an ebay listing offering 1,400ml of "fresh tap water" for £100. "There's no water in east London and people already started selling Newham water on ebay LOOOOOL," a Twitter user wrote, sharing an image of the entry. However, a fellow user added a screen grab suggesting the e-commerce site removed the item shortly after it was posted.
Thames Water confirmed they are aware of the problem and are working to fix it. A spokesperson said: "We're aware of the problem and our engineers are investigating. "We're sorry for any disruption and are working hard to get things back to normal as soon as possible." Many East London residents have taken to social media to share their frustration. A person tweeted: "I've been planning a nice bath before bed ALL DAY and then my dad comes home with a bag of bottled water Cos there's none in the tap? I hate East London." 3 Thames Water said specialist engineers are investigating the problem Credit: Twitter Another added: "Well how are folks washing their hands in East London in pubs?" And journalist Jessica Elgot tweeted: "East London currently has no running water, exactly what I'd expect from 2020 at this stage." A number of people posted screenshots of an eBay listing selling 1,400ml of "fresh tap water" for £100.
Most read in News Exclusive CARJACK TERROR Moment thieves drag mum from car before speeding off with her 3 kids in back SCOT THE SPREAD Sturgeon could plunge Scotland into Covid lockdown TOMORROW Latest SPIKE GOES ON Second-highest rise in Covid cases and most deaths - 76 - for three months RECURRING PART Ghost of child star 'HAUNTING LA home 32 years after drunk dad killed her' Exclusive SCOTDOWN Scotland 'to begin two-week circuit breaker Covid lockdown at 7pm on Friday' Latest TRIPLE TRAGEDY Parents & son, 3, killed in 'murder-suicide' after months of 'blazing rows' Thames Water said in a statement on its website, addressed to customers: "We're really sorry if you have no water or low pressure. Scores of homes across East London have lost their supply of water this evening (October 6). Thames Water has revealed in a statement that homes in a host of postcodes have either no water or low pressure. Thames Water said: "We're really sorry if you have no water or low pressure. "Our engineers are on site investigating, and will be doing everything they can to get things up and running as quickly as possible. "We are experiencing a high number of calls at the moment. "We'll always aim to have your water back on within 12 hours." Large parts of London have been left without water as major outage hits across 'multiple postcodes'. Thames Water reported specialists were working to "get things up and running as quickly as possible" after many homes residents experienced low pressure or no water. The water company said affected areas included E6, E7, E10, E11, E12, E13, E15, E16, E20. Twitter users shared their frustrations being left without water. Journalist Jessica Elgot wrote: "East London currently has no running water, exactly what I'd expect from 2020 at this stage." News reporter Alexander Smith wrote: "Not wanting to add more competition to this unending news cycle but there is a rather large water outage in east London. "Thoughts and prayers with Thames Water's social media person." Thames Water added in a statement that it was "really sorry" for the issue and that it was doing "all we can to get the issue resolved". Some of those affected said the issue had been ongoing for a number of hours. Zainab Ayed said: "Hurry up please I have a big family and we're all needing a wash after going out to school work etc "All of us need to go to the toilet Do wudu and stuff We can't anymore and you're telling us to wait Please send water bottles at the very least." Thousands of people in east London and many in Reading, Berkshire, were left without water or suffering low water pressure in their homes. Customers in nine postcodes of London and two in Reading said not being able to wash their hands was a coronavirus risk. Thames Water said engineers were investigating and would do everything they could to get supplies returned as quickly as possible. The outage, thought to have started at about 4.30pm, affected homes in postcodes E6, E7, E10, E11, E12, E13, E15, E16 and E20, as well as RG30 and RG31. In London, some people started buying bottled water to wash their hands, and others complained they could not get through to Thames Water on the phone. In Reading, Thames Water was giving out bottled water. "We are experiencing a high number of calls at the moment. Some social-media users advised others to collect rainwater in buckets.