6,700 East London homes without water after Olympics site mains burst

MORE than 6,700 homes and businesses in East London are without water after a main burst on the Olympics site. Some 16 schools across Tower Hamlets have had to close

by Julia Gregory

MORE than 6,700 homes and businesses in East London are without water after a water main burst on the Olympics site.

Some 16 schools across Tower Hamlets have had to close. A supermarket on the Isle of Dogs sold out of bottled water.

The 42ins main on the western edge of the Olympic park opposite Hackney Wick burst early this morning, leaving many homes without water for their morning cuppa, pictured by East London Advertiser reader Kieron Yates.

Worshippers at the East London Mosque in Whitechapel attending Friday Prayers were unable to carry out ablutions before prayers.


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Fridays are the mosque’s busiest days when 5,000 worshippers attend and use between 20,000 to 40,000 litres of water. The mosque has its own tank of water.

The nearby Royal London Hospital has been unaffected by the water shortage.

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Areas hit by the emergency include homes in E1, E2, E3, E4, E9, E14 and E15.

Thames Water said staff were investigating to find out why the mains burst.

Water pressure is starting to increase the affected area of East London, said a spokeswoman, and may not return to normal levels until this afternoon.

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