Thames Water LIVE: Schools close as London suffers water outage


Schools have been forced to close and thousands of homes across London have been left without water or with low pressure after a ‘power supply problem’ at Thames Water plant.

The issue has been caused by a power supply problem that hit its Ashford and Hampton water treatment works in west London. 

Thames Water initially said households in more than 50 postcodes had not water or low pressure, but this has since been changed to 35 areas in South West and West London. The firm has apologised and are working to fix the issue.

Schools in Twickenham and Richmond are among those to have confirmed they are closed this morning due to lack of running water.

Thames Water said the affected postcodes are: SW4, SW8, SW9, SW13, SW14, SW15, SW18, SW19, TW1, TW2, TW3, TW4, TW5, TW7, TW8, TW9, TW10, TW11, TW12, TW13, TW14, TW17, W1H, W1H, W1M, W1N, W2, W3, W4, W6, W7, W10, W12, W13, W14.

Follow our liveblog below for the latest updates on the Thames water outage:

Another school forced to close due to water supply issues in Twickenham

Walegrave School in Twickenham has told parents they have had to shut the whole school today due to lack of water.

They told parents: ‘The school is closed for the whole day today due to an issue with the water supply.’

The state secondary school and sixth form is attended by nearly 1,500 pupils.

Tankers brought in to support hospitals ater Thames Water outage

Thames Water have brought in tankers to support local hospitals after water outages due to power issues at a plant.

A spokesperson told the Telegraph: ‘As a precaution, we’re bringing tankers into the area to support local hospitals and critical infrastructure.

‘Getting water supplies back on is our top priority and while our team work on this we’re identifying everyone in the affected area who has pre-registered with us as having special requirements, such as being medically reliant on water, so we can get in touch and make sure we give them the help and support they need.’

Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park seeks update from Thames Water

Sarah Olney, the Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park – one of the areas affected by the Thames Water outage – has asked the firm for an update.

She wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: ‘I’ve just learnt that areas across the constituency will have no, or low, water pressure today due to a power supply issue at the Ashford and Hampton Treatment Works.

‘I’ve reached out to @thameswater to ask when residents can expect the issue to be resolved.’

Schools forced to close due to ‘no running water’

Schools in the affected areas of London have informed parents that they will have to close today due to the lack of running water.

The Vineyard School in Richmond wrote at around 9.30am on social media: ‘The Vineyard School is closed due to no running water. Please collect your child. We will update you as soon as we know more for tomorrow.’

St Richard Reynolds College in Twickenham has also had to shut its doors this morning, telling parents: ‘Due to water issues, the college site has no option but to close from 10:30am today. Parents/Carers please look out for communication from the college for further details.’

Thames Water apologises for water outages and low pressure in parts of London

Thames Water has apologised to customers for the outages and low pressure caused by the power supply problem at their Ashford and Hamptom water treatment works in West London.

It wrote: ‘We’re really sorry if you have low pressure or no water. It’s been caused by a power supply problem which has affected our Ashford and Hampton water treatment works in west London.

‘We’re working hard to fix the issue and to get things back to normal.

‘We’ll provide further updates here as soon as we have more information.’

Thames Water publish list of postcodes affected by water outage

Thames Water has published a list of London postcodes, in South West and West London, affected by water outages.

The areas affected are: SW4, SW8, SW9, SW13, SW14, SW15, SW18, SW19, TW1, TW2, TW3, TW4, TW5, TW7, TW8, TW9, TW10, TW11, TW12, TW13, TW14, TW17, W1H, W1H, W1M, W1N, W2, W3, W4, W6, W7, W10, W12, W13, W14.


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