UPDATE: Work finished on pipe that left homes in Cassington without running water

Homes without running water after burst mains

Homes without running water after burst mains

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WORK to replace a pipe that left more than a dozen Cassington homes without water this morning has now been completed.

Thames Water was carrying out the work on behalf of a developer.

It had written to 12 properties beforehand saying they would be without water for a few hours but the work affected more homes in the area.

Thames Water spokeswoman Becky Trotman said: “There was a slight problem in that it knocked out the supply to a couple more properties. The job is finished now and water should be running again.”

The company had earlier reported the problem online saying customers in the OX29 postcode area may have low water pressure or be without water after a water main burst but Ms Trotman said this was an error on its website.

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7:09am Fri 30 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Not Thames Water again? Let's face it, since Thatcher and the Tories sold-off our public utilities - with biggest shareholders being institutions, not the public - things have only got worse for the consumer. Nor are these private utility companies usually British-owned any more, with Thames Water being part of the Australian-based bank Macquaire's european operation, with shareholders having included BT Investment fund, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, and the China Investment Corporation. It's also worth noting that last year it was reported that Thames Water didn't pay Corporation Tax on its £1.8bn turnover, with profits of £550m, by increasing debt and reducing profit liable for taxation, whilst still paying nice dividends, and increasing its prices to customers. The ironic thing is that since the utility companies were privatised, the cost to the taxpayer hasn't decreased, because prices have rocketted out of control, and instead of profits helping keep costs down and re-invested in the companies, the money goes into greedy shareholder pockets. That's progress?
Not Thames Water again? Let's face it, since Thatcher and the Tories sold-off our public utilities - with biggest shareholders being institutions, not the public - things have only got worse for the consumer. Nor are these private utility companies usually British-owned any more, with Thames Water being part of the Australian-based bank Macquaire's european operation, with shareholders having included BT Investment fund, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, and the China Investment Corporation. It's also worth noting that last year it was reported that Thames Water didn't pay Corporation Tax on its £1.8bn turnover, with profits of £550m, by increasing debt and reducing profit liable for taxation, whilst still paying nice dividends, and increasing its prices to customers. The ironic thing is that since the utility companies were privatised, the cost to the taxpayer hasn't decreased, because prices have rocketted out of control, and instead of profits helping keep costs down and re-invested in the companies, the money goes into greedy shareholder pockets. That's progress? Myron Blatz
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