No water on board tonight

Old Mar 18, 2023, 3:13 am
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Originally Posted by champignon
This is not true. Nicky Foo does in fact TASTE like disinfectant. Unfortunately, it doesn't in fact get bacterial counts low enough to actually function as a disinfectant.


Tastes like disinfectant but doesn't kill enough bacteria


Hope this helps.
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 3:26 am
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Originally Posted by Pilou
Have had some friends experience this issue on other carriers too recently (1-2 hour EU hops) - lavatories ending up in a horrific state. Would surely be a hygiene/health and safety issue for longer flights, if not at least too uncomfortable for traveling?
The lavatories donít use potable water. Lavatories ending up ďin a horrific stateĒ is because the users made a mess not the lack of potable water.

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Old Mar 18, 2023, 3:50 am
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Originally Posted by HFHFFlyer
Many years ago I was on a VS flight from LHR to HKG and the crew discovered we had no water somewhere over France. The plane was turned around, we overnighted at some hotel at LHR and began the journey again the next morning.
I imagine that for a long sector like HKG having no water would be a serious health and safety issue.
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 4:19 am
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Originally Posted by Bastien003
I had the same this week on LHR-BSL. BA752 on the 16th of March.
No running water on the plane.
It seems to be happening a lot.

Iím tempted to raise a complaint for some avios compensation but Iím not sure customer service would care at all.
I guess this is all related to lack of ground operation staff. This is affecting operating jet bridges, pushback trucks, busses, water replenishment. I am afraid summer operations will go into a meltdown.
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 4:44 am
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Our Tenerife flights had similar issues both ways in February. Outbound, lavatories failed on the ground and could not be repaired. Engineering told the captain that they would work above 16000 feet only to discover, unsurprisingly, that they did not.

The return flight ran out of water at about the half way mark.
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 8:13 am
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Maybe this is on purpose and not a mistake. Less/no water means less weight and reduced fuel burn.
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 8:32 am
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The usual reason why there is no water for the taps is not a lack of potable water, there is hardly ever a lack of water. The usual reason is a failure of the drain mast heater, water from the sinks (not the toilet) is vented to atmosphere via a drain. It gets very cold aloft and so the last thing you want is that water to freeze before venting, not just because of the blockage issue but also water freezing expands and will break pipes etc if allowed to do so. So if a drain mast heater fails, then the sinks cannot be used for water disposal. This is not ideal but antibacterial wipes and gels will keep things sanitary. The water will be turned off to the sinks and to the galley brewers, so no hot drinks. It might only be one part of the aircraft with a problem so you may still get hot drinks brewed in a different galley, but still have the wipes etc. Crew may not use the sinks for liquid disposal on the ground, as it vents overboard, and is BLOODY irritating when itís done as you do a walk round pre flight. Coming in coated in tea, or something else liquid from the sinks because someone forgot is horrible and can lead to frosty glances down the cabin.
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 8:58 am
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Originally Posted by South London Bon Viveur
I imagine that for a long sector like HKG having no water would be a serious health and safety issue.
I donít think it would go without water for a flight of that length.
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 9:13 am
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Originally Posted by champignon
This is not true. Nicky Foo does in fact TASTE like disinfectant. Unfortunately, it doesn't in fact get bacterial counts low enough to actually function as a disinfectant .
I suspect the Castlenooís acidity might be more effective against bacteria and limescale as well as organic matter more generally.
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 10:26 am
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Had this happen a few years ago on a flight from PJU. To LGW Not a pleasant experienceÖ
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA
I donít think it would go without water for a flight of that length.
It's been linked to already in this thread: Singapore is a similar distance to Hong Kong from London.
BA15 LHR -SIN 5th May left with empty water tanks
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by adrianlondon
It's been linked to already in this thread: Singapore is a similar distance to Hong Kong from London.
BA15 LHR -SIN 5th May left with empty water tanks
oddly that seems to be discovering after departure?
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 11:13 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA
oddly that seems to be discovering after departure?
As I said, if the drain mast heater fails then it will lead to this situation. Should it fail in flight it would appear to the passengers as if the water had run out.
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 1:25 pm
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I have been on a GLA to LHR flight where the water was not loaded because the water supply at GLA had frozen. It was a particularly cold morning.
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Old Mar 18, 2023, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by LondonAussie
First time I’ve had this. Flight earlier today had no potable water loaded, meaning no tea and coffee service and sink out of use in the toilets - the little dettol wipes and hand sanitizer were offered instead.
Skirting around the ‘wisecrack’ posts, which flight was this ? Curious to learn the flight length and whether the aircraft left from a BA base or an outstation.
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