Bacteria discovered in rural water supply

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Fifty homes in the Caythorpe and Fulbeck Heath area have had to boil their tap water this week after samples taken by Anglian Water uncovered traces of bacteria.

The organisation has contacted all residents living in the area affected, which is a stretch of countryside between Fulbeck, Caythorpe and Cranwell. They were warned to boil water before drinking or using to cook or clean teeth.

It is safe to use for washing and bathing, said media manager John Clare. He added: “This is a precautionary measure after water samples following on from maintenance work in the area suggested the water might not be up to the usual high standard.”

Anglian Water is disinfecting pipes and will re-test to ensure the water is safe.

Mr Clare said: “Unfortunately, because of the rural nature of the area this is taking a few days and people will have to continue boiling their water in the meantime. If all goes well we hope to lift the boil notice by the weekend.

“We have apologised to those affected for the inconvenience and would like to thank them for their patience and understanding. We will remain in regular contact with them and are supplying bottled water while the work continues.

“I would like to stress that everyone affected has been contacted so, if you have not heard from us and have not received a boil notice, then you may continue to use your water as normal.”