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South East Water has more 'leakbusters' after cold snap

South East Water has increased its team of "leakbusters" in response to the recent freezing temperatures.

The water firm, which supplies Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, said the number of burst mains had more than doubled in the past three months.

It said as a result it now had 50 staff working round the clock to seek out leaks, which were often hard to find.

It has asked customers to help out by alerting it to any signs of new leaks, which often start in residential pipes.

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