Legal action threat for Scottish Water over water contamination
Scottish Water could be sued over the recent water contamination in North Lanarkshire, which resulted in nine school closures and thousands of residents being advised to only use mains water to flush toilets. The threat of legal action has come from Patrick McGuire, of Thompsons Solicitors, who claims Scottish Water has committed an offence under the Scotland Water Act.
According to today's Motherwell Times, McGuire said Scottish Water is guilty of supplying water unfit for human consumption. He said: “People’s health has been put at risk and their lives turned upside down. Schools have been shut, causing chaos for parents, but it’s also been a nightmare for elderly people and mums with young babies. Can you imagine what a worry it must have been for them?
“The act of parliament that governs the conduct of Scottish Water is quite clear. They have a statutory duty to supply the public with clean and healthy water. If they do not, as is the case here, then they can be held liable. My team of lawyers who are very experienced in large scale law suits are very confident residents have a strong claim for compensation and we’re already starting to take calls from worried residents.”
The contamination affected residents in Carfin, Newarthill, New Stevenston, Dalziel Park, Mossend, Holytown and Chapelhall. Scottish Water said the water had an oily based substance with a strong odour.
The Scottish government has already vowed to take "any necessary action" on recommendations that arise following an investigation by the drinking water quality regulator into the contamination.
A Scottish Water spokesman said: “Our focus continues to be on carrying out a comprehensive and thorough investigation into all possible causes of the service disruption in North Lanarkshire. This involves gathering and reviewing a significant amount of scientific data from the extensive sampling which has been undertaken.
“We are happy to speak to any customers with questions arising from the service disruption. A full and detailed report on all aspects of the incident is to be submitted to the Drinking Water Quality Regulator.”
- Sewage Recycling System makes UK debut at Scottish Water Scottish Water has tested a new recycling technology for wastewater at Dunbar and Aviemore Wastewater Treatment Works, and... Read More >
- JD7 wins pipeline inspection framework with Scottish Water Pipeline inspection specialist JD7 is to carry out condition assessments and inspect pipelines across Scotland having been... Read More >
- Amey awarded £17M sewer upgrade for Paisley Amey is to deliver a £17M sewer upgrade for Scottish Water in Paisley. The new scheme is part of Scottish Water's £250M... Read More >
- Getting to Grips with… highway pollution Pollution from urban highways, trunk roads and motorways poses significant risks to the environment from toxic metals and... Read More >
- Comment: Moving sensors from the lab to the real world Innovative sensor technologies of various materials are out there - the key now is to apply them effectively and to make... Read More >
- Corrosion of water pipes: out of sight, out of mind? Pipe corrosion is a major cause of water quality complaints by customers, but how often is the water itself responsible... Read More >
- Top tips for... analyser maintenance Keeping continuous water analysers well maintained is vital to ensure you can rely on the information they provide, writes... Read More >
- Data: Predictive analysis pays off for Welsh Water Data scientists at Welsh Water built an analysis tool that can predict when service reservoirs are at risk of bacterial... Read More >