Cricklewood and Willesden residents and traders without water following burst pipe in Ealing

Some schools have had to close while Thames Water engineers try to fix problem

Thousands of residents including people in Cricklewood and Willesden have been without water after following a burst water pipe in West London.

Around 2,500 residents have already called Thames Water and some schools have also closed.

Residents living in NW2 and NW10 have been affected since the pipe burst in Southall at around 8am.

Engineers are currently working to correct the problem and say they hope to have water restored by late afternoon.

Jass Singh, who is currently at work in Park Royal called the Times from his office.

The 35-year-old, who works at Dooa, wholesalers in North Acton Road, said: “We have been without water since we got here at 9am. There’s no water to make a coffee or refreshments or anything like that.

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“We don’t know how long it’s going to be like this so we will just have to wait. But you can only operate without water for so long because hygiene obviously becomes an issue.”

A spokesman for Thames Water, which manages London’s water system said: “We are currently repairing a 48-inch pipe which burst this morning in Southall.

“This has left a large number of properties in the area either without water or with low pressure, for which we are very sorry.

“The repair is now under way and we hope to get water supplies restored as soon as possible.”

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