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Reading Uni campus closed due to water fault

A campus at Reading University has been closed after it was left without water because of a broken pump.

The University has released a statement explaining the university's closure after a fault in the wider network in the Lower Earley area.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tony Downe, said: “Thames Water says its engineers are working to restore supplies as quickly as possible, but it can currently give no clear estimate as to when it will be fully restored.

"We have considered our options carefully. There are only limited tank supplies in most of the University's buildings. Without water for sanitation or drinking, a decision has been taken to close Whiteknights campus with immediate effect."


Thames Water promise £100 goodwill payment after water "undrinkable"

Tap water in the area is now safe to drink Credit: PA

Thames Water have said that customers in Berkshire affected by poor water quality, will receive a £100 goodwill cheque.

Around 1500 homes are thought to have been affected in the Streatley, Ashampstead, Upper Basildon areas and a small part of Pangbourne.

Engineers are now confident that the water is safe to drink again

They spent yesterday visiting properties in the area collecting water samples and worked into the early hours of Sunday morning sending them for quality testing.

Affected customers will be receiving letters today confirming that they can now drink the water.

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