The South East is facing a massive water shortage over the next 30 years and will need a series of radical measures to address the problem. John Ryall reports.
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.
Thames Water engineers have been able to return water supplies to more than four and a half thousand homes in Oxfordshire.
A burst water pipe caused disruption to supplies around Carterton this morning.
A spokesperson said they have been able to divert water through other parts of the network.
Around 4,300 homes are without water in the Carterton area on Oxfordshire this morning after a pipe burst.
Thames Water's on the scene of the incident in Dove Tree Road.
South East Water will start work to lay a five hundred metre pipeline in Walderslade in Chatham on Monday.
Construction will be taking place in the playing field between Fostington Way and Catkin Close and in Robin Hood Lane.
“This project is an important part of our continued investment in the water infrastructure across our region. The new pipe will ensure a top quality water supply, including better water pressure and less chance of bursts for the community.
The project is part of the Company’s five year programme of investment and should be finished by the end of September.
A water company that supplies homes in Kent and Sussex says their reservoirs are now in a healthy position thanks to the recent wet weather.
Bewl reservoir near Lamberhurst is now 91% full according to Southern Water, more than double what it was in February when it was only 41%.
The firm lifted water restrictions last month after heavier than average rainfall in April, May and early June.
A seventy thousand pound scheme to upgrade a water main in Canterbury is to get underway later this month.
South East Water is to replace three hundred and thirty metres of water main in Whitstable Road to reduce the number of bursts and improve water pressure for customers in the local area.
This project is an important part of our continued investment in the water infrastructure across our region to ensure we continue to supply Canterbury with top quality water. “I would like to thank the local residents and motorists for their support and patience during the work and reassure them that the team will be doing all they can to minimise any inconvenience.”
Construction is due to begin on Monday 23rd July 2012 and is expected to be completed by 28th September 2012.
Work will take place between the junction of Whitstable Road and University Road and a point outside St Edmunds School.
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Talks will take place to see if Scotland could provide water to the South East of England. With supplies in parts of the region under pressure, the UK Government has confirmed it is willing to discuss the issue with the Scottish Government. It comes after an offer of help from north of the border.
Even as some hosepipe bans are lifted, the South of England continues to face real issues with water supply, which look set to continue well into the future. Scotland has a plentiful supply of water. Although there are logistical issues, the project is feasible.
Hundreds of sheep being transported from Ramsgate to France didn't have access to drinking water according to the RSPCA because of a faulty pump on board their lorry.
Campaigners have been protesting against live animal exports from the Kent port which started last year.
It comes after more than a million people signed a petition campaigning for better conditions for livestock. It was handed in to the European Commission in Brussels today. The petition is calling for an 8 hour limit for livestock being transported across Europe.