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Hundreds of homes in Surrey issued ‘do not drink’ notice by Thames Water – while locals in Devon are still boiling tap water as infections rise to 100

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Hundreds of homes in Surrey have been issued a ‘do not drink’ notice by Thames Water, while locals in Devon are still boiling tap water as infections rise to 100. 

A total of 616 homes in Bramley, south of Guildford, have been told their water contains high levels of hydrocarbons, making it unsafe to drink.

Households have been warned not to drink their tap water or use it for cooking, or brushing their teeth, but they can continue to use the water to shower and wash their hands. 

Bottled water and letters detailing the risk are currently being delivered to the households affected. 

Thames Water has been regularly collecting and assessing water samples in Bramley following a historical fuel leak from the village petrol station.

Test results have indicated that there has been a ‘possible deterioration’ in water quality in some areas.

As a result, the ‘do not drink’ advice has been put in place as a ‘precautionary measure’.

A total of 616 homes in Bramley, (pictured) south of Guildford, have been told their water contains high levels of hydrocarbons, making it unsafe to drink

A total of 616 homes in Bramley, (pictured) south of Guildford, have been told their water contains high levels of hydrocarbons, making it unsafe to drink

A map depicting the village of Bramley, south of Guildford, where the 'do not drink' notice has been issued by Thames Water

A map depicting the village of Bramley, south of Guildford, where the ‘do not drink’ notice has been issued by Thames Water

Thames Water has been collecting and assessing water samples in Bramley following a historical fuel leak from the village petrol station (pictured: Thames Valley logo)

Thames Water has been collecting and assessing water samples in Bramley following a historical fuel leak from the village petrol station (pictured: Thames Valley logo)

It comes as cases of cryptosporidium, a parasite that primarily infects people through faeces-contaminated drinking water has now reached 100.

Households in Bramley have been issued the following ‘do not drink’ notice: 

Don’t drink the tap water yourself or give t to pets

Don’t prepare or cook food using tap water

Don’t use tap water to brush your teeth

Don’t use tap water even after boiling

You can use tap water to wash and to flush the toilet after use

Most of the infections are in Devon but outbreaks have also been reported in Oxfordshire and Worcestershire over the past two months.

The most serious outbreak relates to faecal-contaminated drinking water in Brixham, Devon, which started earlier this month.

However, dozens more Brits, including children, have fallen severely ill since the end of March after outbreaks at petting farms.

Whole streets in Brixham have been infected with victims forced to endure days of diarrhoea and agonising stomach cramps, with one sufferer even comparing them to ‘childbirth.

Residents have been forced to boil water for over a week to make it safe to drink, with some shops running out of bottled supplies due to panic-buying. 

The source of the outbreak appears to be damaged air valve in the water supply line which ‘may have allowed animal waste or contaminated groundwater to enter the local supply’.

While faecal contaminated water is the classic way people get infected with cryptosporidium there are other ways you could be struck down with the bug.

South West Water handing out emergency rations of bottled water to anyone affected by the Cryptosporidium outbreak in Torbay

South West Water handing out emergency rations of bottled water to anyone affected by the Cryptosporidium outbreak in Torbay

A stock photo of a release of sporozoites from Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst

A stock photo of a release of sporozoites from Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst

Staff from South West Water at the scene of the outbreak at Hillhead Farm in Brixham

Staff from South West Water at the scene of the outbreak at Hillhead Farm in Brixham

One of these is direct contact with infected animals, a fate that potentially seems to have befallen dozens of Brits in recent months.

A spokesperson for Thames Water said: ‘Thames Water would like to reassure its customers that the village water supply has been safe to drink up to this point, as confirmed through its rigorous water testing, which has also been subject to regular review working alongside UKHSA throughout this period.’

Tess Fayers, Operations Director for the Thames Valley and Home Counties said: ‘We are asking 616 Bramley properties not to drink the tap water following recent water sampling results.

‘The health and safety of our customers is our number one priority, and we would like to reassure residents that this is a precautionary measure. We are in the process of delivering letters and bottled water to the affected properties.

‘We are also identifying locations to set up bottled water stations, and we will share this information with our customers as soon as possible.

‘We are already on site in the village, proactively replacing sections of our pipes on Horsham Road to reduce the risk to our customers.’

An Asda spokesperson said: ‘We are continuing to work closely with Thames Water and other partners to address the issues we inherited after acquiring the Bramley PFS site. We recognise the impact this has had on the residents of Bramley and share their frustrations. We are committed to working with all parties to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.’ 



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