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Hundreds left for 12 hours without water in London

Jean-Marc Pont
Image caption Residents have had no water since 20:00 BST on Sunday

Hundreds of people have been left without water for more than 12 hours after two pipes burst in south London.

The pipes burst in two blocks of flats on Wandsworth Road at around 20:00 BST on Sunday and residents have had no water since.

Resident Jean-Marc Pont said he has had to buy packs of water to sterilise his eight-week old baby's bottles.

Thames Water said making the repairs was more difficult because the affected pipes were privately owned.

Elderly people

A Thames Water spokeswoman told BBC News: "We're aware that some customers on Wandsworth Road are having problems with their water supply and we're working closely with the local councils to investigate this as the problem lies on a privately owned pipe and not one owned by Thames Water.

"We will continue to support the councils as much as we can until this problem is fixed."

Mr Pont said: "I have an eight-week baby at home and I was told this morning that nothing will happen today and they (Wandsworth Council) will probably resort to either a lorry full of water bottles or a big water tank bought to the premises.

"We've small babies here and elderly people, so the demand for water will increase today as it's going to be sunny."

Wandsworth Council have apologised for any inconvenience and said they were working with Thames Water to fix the issue.

Lambeth Council said they were working with Thames Water and doing all they can to assist residents.

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