Second Wave Of Sickness Bug Hits Northampton Taps

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Article Courtesy of Jack Hopkins|Neon Nettle|September 19, 2014|Shared as Educational Material

Anglian Water seem to be having trouble keeping their tap water to a safe standard, this is the second time they have had to put out warnings to boil before drinking due to a contamination.

The first occurrence was in 2008 when a bug got into the supply effecting around 250,000 people in Northampton, Daventry and the surrounding areas. The parasite found caused stomach upsets with the most common symptom being diarrhoea.

It has been said that around 108,000 homes were affected with a further twenty schools reliant on tap water got shut down.

Now Anglian water have put out another warning, fortunately this time not over as vast an area as the last, only effecting residents of Upper Boddington.

An Anglian Water spokesperson said “We have taken the decision to issue this advice as a precaution following a burst water main in the area, with sample results showing that the water may not be up to our usual high standard.”

“This is a precaution after our test results showed the water may not be up to its usual high standards.

“We are working hard to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused but customers’ health and well being must come first.

“We hand-delivered letters to every home and business affected yesterday with advice on what to do and we have promised to update them tomorrow afternoon.  We also spoke directly with the local C of E School about bottled water supplies.”

Although this current issue is not as severe as before, it still mar escalate, hopefully not. People can get further information from Anglian Water’s customer services department on 0800 145 145. Anyone with concerns about their health should contact their GP or NHS direct on 111.

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