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'Super sewer' impact on water bills to be minimised

If the tunnel had been in operation last year, it would have captured 97% of the sewage that poured in to London’s river. Hardly a week goes by when untreated sewage is pouring in to London’s river and we are pleased that we can now start to tackle this archaic problem. This is a huge project but it’s a huge problem, and we can now get on with tackling it. It’s no easy task, but we’re confident that we can deliver this project and still achieve our aim of minimising the impact on our customer bills.

– Andy Mitchell, chief executive of Thames Tideway Tunnel

Water bills to rise after 'super sewer' approval

Thames Water has been given the go-ahead to start building London’s ‘super sewer’ which will tackle the sewage pollution in to the tidal River Thames.

Water bills will rise £70-80 Credit: PA

The 25km tunnel will run underground from Acton in West London, and travel roughly the line underneath the river to Abbey Mills Pumping Station in East London, where it will connect to the Lee Tunnel. Its construction means water bills will rise £70-80 by the mid 2020s.

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Residents leave their homes after water main bursts

A street in Croydon has been closed by police after a burst water main flooded the area, causing 30 homes to be evacuated. Thames Water said residents reported water gushing down Long Lane at 6am this morning. Firefighters are using tankers to pump out the water.

Hundreds without water after pipes burst

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Hundreds of people in south London have been without water since yesterday evening after mains water pipes burst. It has meant residents of two blocks of flats are also without power, after the electricity supply had to be cut off for safety reasons.

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The London Fire Brigade has been pumping water from the basement of the building since this morning. Wandsworth Council have apologised for any inconvenience and said they were working with Thames Water to fix the issue.

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Thames Water apologises to customers without water

Thames Water has apologised to customers in the E14 postcode area who are without water this morning.

The company said engineers were working to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

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Thames Water defers corporation tax 'for a decade'

Thames Water, the UK's biggest water company, does not expect to pay any more corporation tax for up to a decade, it said, as an above-inflation rise in bills saw its profits rise by nearly a fifth.

Thames Water to defer liability tax Credit: Thames Water

The firm says its infrastructure investments of £1 billion a year over the next seven to 10 years mean it will be able to defer £20 million a year in tax liabilities.

The firm, which is at loggerheads with regulator Ofwat over customer charges, has already built up a deferred tax bill of £855.6 million and its latest plans will see this rise to more than £1 billion.

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