Reading water supply should be restored this afternoon
February 04, 2013
Around 700 homes in the Reading area woke up this morning to find they had no water or low water pressure following a burst water main.
Thames Water spokesman Simon Evans explained: "A large pipe, which takes treated water from Reading's main water works to Earley storage reservoir, burst early this morning.
"At 8am we had received 200 reports from customers in the RG2 and RG7 postal areas with either no water or low pressure.
“Water supplies are set to be restored in the next few hours to most of the customers in and around south Reading whose supplies were interrupted by a burst main early this morning.
“We have turned off water running through the broken pipe and we are now re-routing water to the affected areas from other parts of the network.
“Water pressure is now starting to build back up in the network and by mid afternoon normal service should have been restored to most affected customers in the RG2 and RG7 postal areas.
“Meanwhile our engineers are digging out the broken section of pipe to replace it.
“The main, which takes treated water from Reading's main water works to Earley storage reservoir, burst at 4.30am.
“By 10am we had received 900 reports from customers in the RG2 and RG7 postal areas with either no water or low pressure.
“We are sorry to everyone affected by this.”
Christ The King RC Primary School, Whitley Park School, and South Reading Youth and Community Centre and nursery have been closed because of the leak.