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No sign of water shortages in Southwark – but you might struggle to find a water fountain to quench your thirst

Thames Water has confirmed there are no current water shortages in Southwark, but advises people to use water wisely to keep it that way.

Water demand is at such a high across the south-east that the water company has had to pump an extra eighteen billion litres of water into its supply.

To tackle plastic pollution Southwark Council has committed to increasing the number of public water fountains, but unfortunately these will not be ready until next year.

In the meantime, the council is encouraging people to carry water with them, especially on public transport.

It also advises downloading the Refill app on your phone, which shows the locations of existing water fountains across London.

A council spokesperson confirmed that it is continuing to carry out the usual checks on vulnerable residents.

It is also sharing daily advise on social media-  including warning against swimming in dangerous areas like docks and rivers, and checking on neighbours and elderly, or vulnerable, residents.

In Peckham, the new play area at Peckham Rye Park has a water feature ideal for kids to cool off in.

The Met Office has also issued severe weather warnings for both floods and heat in the coming days.

High temperatures, along with high humidity has a huge impact on health – especially for those in a vulnerable group:

  • younger children
  • older people, especially those over 75 years old, or those living on their own and who are socially isolated, or in a care home
  • those with chronic and severe illness, including heart conditions, diabetes, respiratory or renal insufficiency, Parkinson’s disease, or severe mental illness
  • those on medications that potentially affect renal function, sweating, thermoregulation or electrolyte balance
  • those who are unable to adapt their behaviour to keep cool, including those with Alzheimer’s, disabilities, or who are bed bound.

For more information, including information on how to stay safe in hot weather, click here.

In addition, the Met Office has issued a ‘Yellow’ warning for areas including London and the South East, which is at risk of severe thunderstorms:

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater.
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train, bus and tube services, particularly during the evening rush hour.
  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions with the possibility of road closures
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.

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