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Somerset boil water notice lifted after reservoir drained

Wessex Water has lifted a ‘boil water' notice that it issued to 250 households in south Somerset after it resolved a water quality issue identified at a local reservoir.

The utility issued the notice to properties in the Bratton Seymour, Shepton Montague, Yarlington, and Maperton areas as a precautionary measure last Tuesday (8 September) after routine testing revealed a water quality issue. The notice was lifted on Friday (11th) as the problem was resolved at a local reservoir.

Nigel Martin, water supply general manager, said: “We have carried out extensive tests and they all show that the quality of the water is excellent and there is now no need to boil it. We identified a problem at our reservoir, which has been drained, cleaned and refilled. All customers have been notified that they will receive compensation in due course. I would like to thank customers for their cooperation and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

Free bottled water was provided to customers on a daily basis while the company carried out its investigation into the issue.

Wessex Water takes around 250,000 drinking water tests every year and sophisticated laboratory technology is used to analyse samples to continuously monitor water quality.

It has made clear that the issue with the water sample did not relate to cryptosporidium, which was the parasite that affected thousands of homes in the Lancashire area last month.

Author: James Brockett,
Topic: Drinking water quality
Tags: Water Quality , reservoir , Water supply


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