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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK
Water jets clean hose ban offices
A water firm that has introduced a hosepipe ban has responded to criticism after water jets were spotted being used to wash its offices' windows.

Thames Water said the decision to use the high-pressure jets to clean windows on the building where it has offices were taken by its landlord.

The firm has contacted the owners of Reading Bridge House in the Berkshire town urging them to use an alternative.

Window-cleaning has stopped at the water company's own headquarters.

'Embarrassing position'

A spokesman said that the company had also turned off the fountains at its base in nearby Vastern Road.

He added that Thames Water had approached its landlords at Reading Bridge House, where 250 IT and training staff are based, to stop cleaners using the jets.

He told the BBC News website the use of the jets was "irresponsible and has put us in an embarrassing position".

The company brought in its hosepipe ban on Monday, 3 April.

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