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MPs for Sittingbourne and Sheppey plan to put pressure on Southern Water to demand a second water pipe.
This comes after two burst pipes last week cut off water services to the island.
MP Gordon Henderson has said he has called for a meeting with Southern Water bosses to insist on a new pipe, which he says was rejected seven years ago.
More than 20,000 homes were without water for three days after the two eruptions. Mr Henderson also argues that having only one pipe now with additional housing is no longer sustainable.
This is also an issue that is very close to MP’s heart, as he also lives in Sheppey!
“I reviewed the many issues facing the islanders and I was given a firm commitment that a high-level meeting of directors would be held, with my participation, to come up with a plan as soon as possible, so that the water Flexibility of supply can be ensured.Sheppy will be improved.
Mr Henderson also said “I will be pushing for a secondary pipe to be laid on the island and I have been given a commitment that emergency plans will be improved if another one bursts.”
So there is currently no commitment to a second pipe and the privately owned water company *has* only said that they will improve contingency plans in case of another burst. What about the move to bring the water supply back into government management?
While most would agree with the MPs’ stance on improvement, critics have been quick to point out some of Mr Henderson’s past. He has been an MP since the 2010 general election, so he had plenty of time to address the issue before this knee-jerk reaction.
It is also noted that MPs have previously voted against further regulation of water companies to ensure they have sufficient infrastructure. Now that he is personally affected by the issue, the MP’s stance seems to have changed.