Angry King’s Cross residents left without water for 11 days and counting

PUBLISHED: 13:03 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:03 18 February 2015

Dry: People in Bevin Court have been withouh water for 11 days and counting

Dry: People in Bevin Court have been withouh water for 11 days and counting


Families living in a King’s Cross estate have been without water for a whopping 11 days and counting.

A total of 30 households living in Bevin Court, off Cruickshank Street, have had nothing from their taps since February 8 thanks to a burst pipe in nearby Great Percy Street.

The drought in only affecting the maisonette side of the building - more likely to be occupied by families - and residents have had enough.

Donna McBride, who lives in the block with her two young children and teenage daughter, said: “It’s been awful. It’s like being in an third world county. “If there was somewhere to go and get my water I would, but there isn’t.

“I asked them to put a standpipe in right at the start by they wouldn’t.

“Islington Council has been giving us six bottles of water a day - but it’s not enough. And you don’t get them automatically; you have to ring up and ask for them.

“I have to sit my youngest in the bath and hand wash them from the bottles, and my 16-year old is not impressed.

“Whenever I call Thames Water they say are on their way - where from, Mars? The moon?

“It’s horrendous.”

A spokesman for Thames Water said: “We’re working hard to solve water supply problems following a burst pipe in Great Percy Street.

“We’re sorry for the disruption this is causing, and will get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

A council spokesman said: ““We are very sorry that some residents have been without running water supply for over a week.

“We’ve been providing bottled water whilst working with engineers to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

“We’ll be carrying out further investigation to see whether more work is needed on the pump system to prevent this happening again.”

Last month, hundreds of residents in the Parkside Estate, near Caledonian Park, Holloway, were left without water for five days.

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