UPDATE: No end in sight as ‘complicated’ pipe burst lowers water pressure in Erith and Belvedere

PUBLISHED: 11:13 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:13 22 May 2017

Erith town centre

Erith town centre


Thames Water do not know when pressure will return to normal

Engineers are continuing to work “as quickly as possible” to fix a “complicated” pipe burst which has left homes with low water pressure for a week.

On Monday, May 15, homes in Erith and Belvedere were left with little or no running water after a 24-inch pipe burst in a building site at the junction of Fraser Road and Hawthorn Place.

Since then, engineers have managed to divert supplies to bring water to homes in the town, but water pressure has consistently dropped during mornings and evenings as demand increases.

It is understood the complex nature of the job for engineers means Thames Water cannot estimate when works to fix the burst, which happened five metres below ground, will be complete.

A spokesperson from Thames Water said: “We’re sorry for the low water pressure our customers are continuing to experience in Erith. We have a team working hard to repair a pipe five metres below ground, which has been damaged by a third party. This is a complicated repair, but we’re working as quickly as we can.”

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