Thames Water Plagued By Burst Pipes
Hackney Council’s Scrutiny Committee has criticised Thames Water for issues with burst pipes following three floods in north London in three years.
According to the BBC, a water main burst in Stoke Newington in December 2016, the Lea Bridge flood hit in 2018 and October last year saw a mains pipe burst in Finsbury Park, which damaged 177 properties and left thousands without water.
Thames Water has said there is no clear reason as to why the pipe – which was laid in 1892 – failed. It’s understood that the trunk main, which moves between 50 and 60m litres of water a day, split along its length.
Chief operating officer of the water supplier Steve Spencer was quoted by the news source as saying: “It might seem like hollow words, but I want to offer my sincerest apologies on behalf of Thames Water for everything that’s happened.
“The size of these trunk mains and where they run – to replace that while online, we would have to close most of Seven Sisters Road, for example, for a year.”
Those residents who have suffered major disruption are in line to receive £5,000 in compensation, while those who chose to remain in their properties will receive £300.
Commission chair Sharon Patrick suggested that if these floods had taken place in the middle of the night while residents were sleeping, it could have been a matter of life and death.
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