Work has started to fix a long-running problem with the water supply at a block of flats.

Residents of St Patrick's Court in Woodford Green have been unable to use showers, washing machines or dishwashers for months due to a pressure problem, which has caused supplies to occasionally cut out completely.

The block was again left with no water on March 22, forcing the Ascham Homes, the organisation which manages the 52 flats on behalf of Waltham Forest Council, to hand out bottles of water.

A resident has said engineers are now digging in a number of areas around the site water pressure has improved.

Ken Prosser, 61, said: “There has been digging going on around the area, so it looks like we are finally getting something sorted about the problem.

“We are getting more water than we have done for a while and the situation has really improved. I am very pleased and at the moment taps are running fine.

“We don’t want to celebrate yet though we have had periods when the water was fine followed by times when there is no water at all, but we are happy with the progress.”