Search

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

PUBLISHED: 15:51 26 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:46 05 October 2010

Mains burst at Olympics site... water pours into River Lea

Mains burst at Olympics site... water pours into River Lea

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.

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.

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.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the East London Advertiser