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‘Preying on DESPERATION’: Shops charge £8 for bottles of water as taps across UK run dry

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A shop owner defended his high prices by claiming that ‘people are desperate’

Mark Sands, a manager at public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, took to social media after he spotted shops in London selling 5litre bottles of water for as much as £8.

He tweeted: “Day four with no running water in SW16.

“Retailers selling 5l bottles for £8 last night, and Thames Water still saying the same thing.”

In response to the shocking claims, a show owner defended his high prices by claiming that “people are desperate” and that “money has to come from somewhere”.

He told The Sun: “I’ve had to pay £20 to go in a taxi to get bottles from wholesalers, it sells out so fast.

“People are desperate and that money has to come from somewhere.”

Thames Water has been active on social media as it desperately attempts to fix water pipes that were attacked by Storm Emma and the “Beast from the East” last week.

Yesterday they informed Britons in NW3 and NW4 areas that two pipes had been fixed.

They tweeted: “We are pleased to say that supply in your area should be returning in NW3 and NW4 after we fixed two burst pipes and restored water pressure in the pipes.

“We have been working flat out to carry out the repairs but we apologise for the length of time this has taken.”

Pictures on Twitter showed desperate attempts to keep Londoners hydrated as lorries full of bottled water were dispatched.

Thames Water also apologised to those in the E3 area who were without water due to a burst water pipe on Devas Street.

Thames Water wrote: “We’re sorry to customers in #E3 who are currently experiencing no water/low pressure.

“This is due to a burst pipe on Devas Street.

South East Water, Southern Water and South West Water have also informed customers of their efforts to deliver water where pipes have been plagued.

A low-pressure system has been forecast to hit the UK over the weekend that could bring further water chaos.

More snow could fall as a result of the new front.

Meteorologist Martin Bowles said: “We think there is going to be a low-pressure system coming in from the south west from Friday to Saturday.

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Thames Water has been active on social media as it desperately attempts to fix water pipes

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Winter conditions are forecast over the weekend that could worsen water issues

“This will cause some wet and windy weather and we are looking at gales and a lot of rain in parts of the country.

“It will bring some cold air back into Scotland, and this is where some talk of the cold returning could be coming from, and there is quite likely to be further amounts of snow.

“Ahead of the weekend there could be some further problems with snow in Scotland, elsewhere it will be milder and slightly unsettled.”

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