East London water outage leaves thousands with no supply in nine postcodes as Thames Water races to fix problem
A MAJOR water outage in East London has left thousands of people with no supply tonight.
Thames Water have sent specialist engineers to investigate the issue which is affecting nine postcodes in the area.
Across Tuesday afternoon, a number of residents began complaining about low pressure or no water at all.
The postcodes affected include E6, E7, E10, E11, E12, E13, E15, E16 and E20.
Thames Water confirmed they are aware of the problem and are working to fix it.
A spokesperson told The Sun Online: "We’re really sorry to those customers affected by low pressure or no water.
"This has been caused by a burst on a large pipe in the Hackney Marshes area.
"We are deploying all resources possible to fix this as a priority.
"It’s a complex job, but we’re drafting in more staff and working as quickly as we can so that we can begin a repair as soon as we’ve pinpointed the damaged section.
"In the meantime, we’ve brought tankers into the area to improve the situation by pumping water into our local supply network and working as hard as we can to get things back to normal as quickly 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."
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.
Thames Water said in a statement on its website, addressed to customers: "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. Only call if it's an emergency. Rest assured, we're doing all we can to get the issue resolved."
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