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Schools close as thousands still without water in Surrey | UK News

More than a dozen schools have closed as thousands remain without water in Surrey a day after a major incident was declared, with problems at a treatment plant said to be caused by Storm Ciaran.

The storm battered the south coast of England and the Channel Islands with heavy rain and gusts of up to 104mph on Thursday last week, leaving nearly 150,000 homes without power.

Sky News understands an outage affected three of Thames Water’s treatment plants early on Thursday, with two of the sites restored to full operation.

But issues continued for longer at the Shalford water treatment works over the weekend, leaving 12,000 without water as of Monday morning in parts of Surrey.

Some schools in the Godalming and Guildford area said learning would move online for the day, while others invited some year groups to attend, or were due to reopen in the afternoon in a non-compulsory capacity.

A Thames Water spokesperson said: “Shalford water treatment works is now back online, following issues caused by Storm Ciaran.

“We need to refill underground reservoirs which have run very low and expect supply to return over the next 24 hours. We’d like to thank our customers for their patience during this time.”

It is believed the storm affected the quality of water entering the treatment plant, forcing a check to ensure drinking water standards were met.

As Sky News economics and data editor Ed Conway reported last month, Britain’s Victorian network of pipes – which combines sewage and rainwater – can often cause a myriad of difficulties.

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While systems reset and the plant’s reservoir tanks eventually replenish, Thames Water said it has opened two water bottle stations:

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This notice was published: 2023-11-06 11:20:00

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