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One restaurant owner in London was left without water on Sunday
Homes across the UK have been hit by water supply problems - with thousands of people in London and the South East urged to use as little as possible.Water companies say a weather thaw has resulted in low pressure issues, and a number of burst water mains and leaks.About 12,000 homes in London were left without water overnight as Thames Water dealt with "unprecedented demand".Bottled water stations were opened across the capital, and the Midlands, Wales and Scotland were also affected.At its peak, more than 20,000 homes in London were left without water on Sunday, while some schools in the capital have said they will be closed on Monday because they cannot guarantee running water.
Water stations to distribute bottles of water were open in London
Elsewhere, Severn Trent apologised to customers in the Rugby area who had no supply, while Southern Water said customers may be experiencing loss of supply "that could be caused by the cold weather".Anglian Water warned of "extended waiting times", adding: "The weather has also affected our ability to get field teams out to jobs in certain parts of our region."Wessex Water, Yorkshire Water and South West Water all said they were dealing with problems.Meanwhile, Welsh Water said it was expecting "some disruption to our services over the next few days"."We are working as quickly as is safely possible to resolve issues as they occur."
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@thameswater, 48 hours without a proper wash now and no clean shirts for work tomorrow! Worst customer services I have experienced in a long time! When do you expect IG7 to have water fully restored!— DJ-M-R-J (@MRJ_DJ) March 4, 2018
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There’s no water in north London and Thames water is handing out bottles like it’s a 3rd world country— Cam (@BFooli) March 4, 2018
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So Thames Water why can't you acknowledge that SW17 has had no water since Saturday nightReport
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Homes in Scotland were also affected, with ongoing bad weather slowing down repair works.Scottish Water said: "Weather and road conditions have presented challenges in maintaining our usual response services and we apologise if you've experienced a delay in us getting to you."In London, customers said they could not register outages as the helpline is unavailable, while shops reportedly ran out of bottled water in some areas."We are putting as much extra water as we can into our local networks and fixing leaks and bursts as quickly as possible," Thames Water said in a statement."Please do not use water for anything that isn't essential. This will make a real difference."Jerry White, business manager at Thames Water, said engineers were "working extra hard" over the weekend.He said there had been a "20% jump in the demand for water in the last five days".
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We are doing everything we can by fixing bursts and detecting leaks so that we can help maintain supplies and we will continue working throughout the night.

We will continue to prioritise services to vulnerable customers including hospitals and care homes etc.— Welsh Water (@DwrCymru) March 4, 2018
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To all our customers in the #Sittingbourne #Kent area. We are aware that some customers are still without water. A crew is on the way to check valves. Thank you for your patience whilst we carry out these essential checks— Southern Water (@SouthernWater) March 5, 2018
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We're sorry for anyone in Rugby & certain areas in B'ham who currently have no water or poor pressure. The thaw has caused unprecedented amounts of leaks & is causing problems on our network. We’re working to get everyone back on supply but this is going to take some time. Sorry!— Severn Trent (@stwater) March 4, 2018
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The problems came after a prolonged period of cold weather for much of the UK.Water companies said that, as temperatures increased, frozen pipes thawed, causing them to contract and sometimes break.As the snow and ice melted over the weekend, holes were then exposed.Temperatures in most places increased over the weekend, however, two yellow warnings for ice are still in place in Scotland and for snow and ice in northern England and Northern Ireland.A weather warning for Scotland has been extended into Tuesday.Meanwhile, two flood warnings remains in place - in Swanage Bay, Dorset, and Halesworth, Suffolk - while 33 less severe flood alerts are in place.
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