Southern Water ignored opportunity to repair 'worn out' pipe that caused 30k to go without water supplies

A broken pipe in a landslide
Southern Water have apologised after a burst main caused 30,000 people to go without water (Image credit: Getty Images)

Over 30,000 homes were left without any water supplies after a pipe described as "outworn" was never replaced.

Southern Water were granted planning permission to replace the water pipe 17 years ago but failed to act on this causing homeowners Hastings and St Leonards in East Sussex to go without water for almost a week.

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