Thousands of Tower Hamlets schoolkids sent as Olympics water mains burst

PUBLISHED: 17:57 26 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:46 05 October 2010

Thames Water has restored pressure in East London after a 42ins mains burst on the Olympic site leaving 6,700 homes and businesses without supplies. Tower Hamlets council had to close 16 schools

WATER pressure has returned to normal in East London after a 42ins water mains burst on the Olympic site leaving at least 6,700 homes and businesses without supplies.

Thames Water restored the mains this-afternoon.

Tower Hamlets council sent thousands of pupils and staff home from 16 schools which were affected by a lack of water today.

The schools which closed were Arnhem Wharf on the Isle of Dogs, five Bethnal Green schools Bangabandhu, Bethnal Green Technology College, Elizabeth Selby Infants, Hague School and Lawdale Junior School.

Bigland Green and Blue Gate Fields Infants School in Shadwell was also shut along with Bow Boys School, Children's House Nursery, and Malmesbury in Bow, Cayley Primary in Stepney, Christ Church Junior and infants in Brick Lane, Columbia Market in Columbia Road, and Harry Gosling School and Kobi Nazrul schools in Whitechapel.

Thames Water urged customers who are still without water to call its customer centre on 0800 9200 800.

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