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Water company apologises as it continues to investigate e-coli traces in Barkestone Le vale water pipe

A water company has apologised after residents in the Vale of Belvoir had to be supplied with bottled water following reports of traces of e-coli in the water supply.

Severn Trent is still investigating the situation after the traces were found following maintenance work on a water pipe in Barkestone Le Vale on Friday and dirt got into the pipe. About 30 homes have been affected.

A Severn Trent spokesperson said: “On Friday we were doing some routine maintenance in New Causeway, Barkestone le Vale. Unfortunately this has caused some dirt to get into the water pipe and one of our samples indicated that the water was did not meet the high standards we expect. As a precaution, while we disinfect the affected section of pipe with chlorine, we’re asking customers at 30 properties in the street not to drink their water.Only the properties on this section of pipe are affected.

Severn Trent (13546171)
Severn Trent (13546171)

“Since Friday we’ve been working hard to disinfect the pipe affected and we’ve been taking regular samples of the water.Once we’re absolutely sure that the water is back to normal, we will lift the restrictions.In the meantime we’ve been providing bottled water for everyone affected and keeping them informed of what’s happening.We’re incredibly sorry this has happened - we know that this is a huge inconvenience for everyone affected, but water quality is of paramount importance and we need to make sure the water is back to its normal great standard.”


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