Compensation to be paid to people left without water earlier this month

Every school forced to close because they had no water earlier this month is to receive £2,500 and every householder will be compensated too.

Wealden MP Nus Ghani has shared the figures and says she has been told by South East Water that anyone without water for between three and 24 hours would receive £25, up to two days £50 and more than two days £100.

St Mark’s School at Hadlow Down and other properties in the village were particularly affected and among the 17,000 – about 8,000 of them within Wealden – affected by problems as the water company struggled to restore supplies when pipes burst across Sussex and Kent after several days of freezing temperatures.

Bottled water

Properties in Blackboys and Buxted were also affected as well as others in Five Ashes, Mayfield, Rotherfield and Crowborough. Water stations were set up to provide bottled water. Read more in an Uckfield News story that was updated over several days: Water restored to 17,000 homes.

Ms Ghani said, in a press release:

“After contacting South East Water, I am glad to see that they are donating £2,500 to each school that had to go without water, as well as offering automatic compensation pay-outs to affects residents.

“While this compensation does go some way to alleviating the concerns that my constituents have, it does not change the fact that many people were left without water for more than four days, which is unacceptable.

“I will continue to be in touch with South East Water to ensure that the compensation they are offering is in line with other water companies across the country. My understanding at this time is that people in other affected areas may have received more.

“Wealden was adversely affected by the water supply problems. It is vital that South East Water fully offset the distress caused for residents and schools without water”.

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