Leader raises concerns with Thames Water over water shortages
Published: Friday 9th March 18
The Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia, has written to Thames Water expressing concern about the recent water shortages in the borough and asking for reassurances that similar problems won’t happen again in the future.
Following last week’s cold weather, many residents experienced low water pressure and in some cases a complete loss of supply lasting several days. This led to the closure of several schools and emergency water bottle drops having to be set up.
In his letter to Steve Robertson, the Thames Water Chief Executive, Cllr Ravi Govindia said that these issues had affected a significant number of residents and businesses in Wandsworth and that many people felt that they hadn’t received enough information on what was happening and where they could collect emergency supplies of water.
Cllr Govindia wrote: “Although I appreciate that there have been an inordinate number of burst mains following the cold weather, the Council is highly concerned at the response time from Thames Water in getting these resolved.
“With your ever-aging network I would like to remind Thames Water of its obligation to maintain their apparatus to an acceptable standard within our highway. Recent events are the result of years of under investment in upgrading the water network and will worsen unless Thames Water start investing in upgrading its network.”
Cllr Govindia also requested to see what Thames Water’s long term strategic plans were for the water network and some assurances that measures would be put in place to avoid something similar happening in the future.
He added: “I want Thames Water to offer assurances to all residents and businesses that have suffered inconvenience, additional cost, business interruption or loss of revenue that they will also receive appropriate compensation.”