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Hundreds of people in Berkshire woke up this morning to find they had no water for a bath or shower or even to make a cup of tea.
The taps were running dry in up to one thousand three hundred homes because of a burst water pipe between Reading's main water works and the Earley storage reservoir. Mel Bloor reports.
Thousands of people in Reading have been left without water after a mains burst near the town.
Thames Water said that by nine o'clock this morning they had received nine hundred calls from customers with either no water or low water pressure in their homes. Engineers are working to restore the supply.
A Thames Water spokesman said: "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.
"We are working to stem the flow as our engineers dig up the broken section of pipe in order to fix it while trying to minimise the number of properties whose supplies are affected.
"This is not a straightforward job. The pipe has burst right beside the canal near the entrance to our water works.
"Due to recent heavy rain the ground is already very muddy, making conditions more difficult for our engineers.
"We are sorry to everyone affected by this. We are working to fix the pipe and restore service to normal for our customers as soon as possible."
Thames Water say they are dealing with a burst water main in Reading that could potentially leave thousands of homes without water.
Crews are currently attending the scene off the A33 near Earley Reservoir.
Thousands of homes may be without water this morning after a burst main affected the supply in Reading.
The pipe was damaged on the A33 close to the Fobney water treatment works.
Thames Water has so far had 200 calls from residents who have no water supply.
A spokesman said work was underway to reconnect homes.
He added that bottled water may be distributed if things do not improve soon.