Reading burst water main repaired

Water supplies to hundreds of homes in Reading have been restored.

More than 900 households reported they were without water after a main burst in the town at 04:30 GMT on Monday.

A Thames Water spokesman said homes in the postcodes RG2 and RG7 were affected after a pipe burst between Fobney Water Treatment Works and Earley reservoir.

The reservoir serves about 35,000 homes although the spokesman added not all of those were affected.

'Fast flowing river'

The spokesman added: "Water supplies have returned to customers in and around south Reading whose supplies were interrupted by a burst main early this morning.

"We turned off water running through the broken pipe and re-routed water to the affected areas from other parts of the network.

"Meanwhile our engineers are digging out the broken section of pipe to replace it.

"We are sorry to everyone affected by this."

Mother-of-four Caroline Day, from Shinfield, said she had no water at all as she did not have a cold water tank.

"There are four teenagers in the house and us, and we all needed a shower," she said.

The spokesman said the delay in fixing the main was caused by the valves engineers needed to access being "in a waterlogged field on the side of a very fast flowing river".

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