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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."

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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.

Drinking water now safe in Berkshire

Your drinking water has been given the all clear. That’s the message to Thames Water customers in the RG8 area this morning.

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

They are now confident that the water is safe to drink once again.

Affected customers will be receiving letters today confirming that they can now drink the water. It should be noted however that Thames Water engineers will be continuing routine work in the area throughout today.

Odour from a newly repaired water pipe caused an unusual smell in the tap water on Thursday evening, meaning customers were strongly advised to avoid drinking it – although experts agreed there was “minimal public health risk”.

After a day and night of sampling, we’re very pleased to say that the drinking water in the RG8 area has passed all our quality tests and is now safe for customers to drink again. We’re very sorry for the continued inconvenience this problem caused, but we take matters of water quality and public health very seriously and thank customers for their patience.”

– Simon Earl, Thames Water’s head of water production
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