Thousands of United Kingdom homes without water as thaw continues

Ofwat's logo- the water regulator in England and Wales

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

Up to 13,000 homes across Kent and Sussex have no water - with more people in surrounding areas facing low water pressure.

Thames Water assured that now they pump an additional 500 million liters of water per day through its network, equivalent to 200 Olympic swimming pools, to solve the problem.

Others, who finally saw some water return, questioned why it was coming out from taps in unusual colours, which companies explained was due to "air in the water supply", which they said should soon settle.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan added: "It is unacceptable that thousands of Londoners remain without water this morning".

The companies asked their customers with water to use "as little as possible" while they get things back to normal.

Douglas Whitfield, incident manager, said teams had managed to get water back to customers in parts of Kent and Sussex during the night.

Bottled water was brought in for the residents affected by the outage.

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Industry regulator Ofwat has criticised water companies for failing to plan for colder weather and ignoring warnings.

The Conservative MP added that companies "have shielded themselves from scrutiny" for "too long".

Several water companies have "fallen well short" on their forward planning to ensure the recent adverse weather did not impact water supplies, Ofwat has said.

So far, 71 leaks have been repaired and a further 100 identified. Companies throughout the United Kingdom are warning of low pressure as they try to refill pipes that have lost water due to leakage.

Severn Trent, a supplier of water to 4.3 million homes and businesses in the middle of England, said the number of burst pipes was up 4000 percent, while in Wales, Welsh Water said "unprecedented challenges" had affected 4,500 homes.

"We were working with the Jaguar Land Rover site in Solihull and Cadbury's in Birmingham to reduce the amount of water they used yesterday".

Showers are expected to come in overnight and "may turn to snow over the hills", but in towns and cities across the Midlands and Southern England, temperatures are expected to stay between seven and 10 degrees tomorrow.

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