Thames Water notified residents of Rosebery House on Sewardstone Road that they intend to install a bulk water meter that measures supply to the area on the 26. June 2017. Water will be turned off between 9:00 and 17:00 for up to 3 hours.
Thames Water say they install that water meter to measure water leaks in their supply system.
The letter does not mention that their service agents will knock on anybody’s door. So you do not need to let anybody in who says they are checking your water supplies on the day. Any problems need to be reported to 0800 009 3816.
Quite concerning to me is the water falls I frequently see coming from the water tank in the block of Rosebery House comprising flats 1 – 6. The water takes, at worst, the appearance of a water fall and at least a severe dripping from the tank. Water usually drips from overflow onto the sheds and into the ground.
This does not happen always but sporadically happens at times. I see it happening at least once each day.
What worries me is whether this affects the communal water bills we have and pay to Tower Hamlets Homes.
The problem exists since at least 3 years and I made written enquiries to Tower Hamlets Homes and last year to the former Councillor Stephanie Eaton. After Stephanie’s involvement the problem temporarily ceased but has now started up again.
I think it is important to find out whether this water overflow from the tank on the block affects the communal water bills residents in Rosebery House get as my water bills have steadily risen over years and I try to keep them as low as possible.
I invite residents to think about this and make enquiries if they deem it necessary with Tower Hamlets Homes who collect the communal water charge for all of the residents that are receiving communal water supplies in the block.
some residents in Rosebery House have no water at all today. No drinking or other domestic water that supplies toilet cisterns or bathroom taps. There are no public water taps made available and its very inconvenient for families.
The problem was plain last year when the tank supply pipes on the roofs froze. We were then promised that the pipes had been insulated just to be told again this year that the insulation is broken and insufficient. Last Friday the frozen pipes had been defrosted saying that the pipes will be boxed in on Monday, when they should have been boxed in Friday as we are now having severe frost this weekend.
It is extremely unhygienic not to have any water in a flat and no supplies to flush the toilet or do essential cleaning.
I called emergency yesterday to be told there is no staff to deal with the problem. I called again today advising that by now all water supplies have frozen. I called on a neighbour who still has water supplies on another stack and got some water for flushing down the toilet but cannot knock all day to disturb them for this. I now get snow to melt in a bucket for flashing the loo.
Lets hope that contractors melt that ice quickly and insulate those pipes as there is no end to the freeze. Standing pipes should be made available for people to use.
Again, just like last year, our drinking water supplies in Rosebery House have frozen again, that is the supplies of those who are unlucky enough to depend on the supplies from Tower Hamlets Homes. I understand some owners managed to circumvent the water supply systems in their properties.
Our supplies come through a distribution system on the roof of the building and with increasingly cold winters this system must be overhauled and not left like it year after year.
The way the plumbing works is that it supplies washing machines and gas-fired central heating systems in the flats and those wont’ work either. In effect we now can’t have any heating or use our washing machines, which depend on the cold-water supply from the drinking water taps.
This problem was reported to Tower Hamlets Homes last year and nothing has been done since then to eliminate the problem. This ould be avoided by changing the water supply method to the old one, when the drinking water came straight from a mains pipe at ground level. Why drinking water is pumped up to the roofs to be re-distributed into the flats through narrow pipes flowing down from the roof is something I never understood to be practical design. I think residents affected by this method of fresh water supply to their estates should take action to have this problem looked at and resolved on all estates.
It doesn’t help the problem that water pumping stations are built on all estates to pump fresh water up to the top of council blocks when the weather is freezing cold and freezes the water in the pipes, so that it can’t be redistributed to flow back down into individual flats. .