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South West Water: ‘Boil water’ warning lifted for many houses throughout Devon after parasite outbreak

Thousands of households in Devon can now use their faucet water safely after a waterborne illness attributable to a microscopic parasite led to greater than 100 residents falling unwell.

Supplier South West Water (SWW) mentioned it was now not required for for 14,500 households in Brixham to boil their water earlier than consuming it.

However, some 2,500 properties in Hillhead, higher elements of Brixham, and Kingswear have been suggested to proceed to boil their water earlier than consuming.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) mentioned on Friday that 46 instances of parasite cryptosporidium had now been confirmed within the Brixham space of Devon, up from 22 instances on Thursday, and greater than 100 folks reported signs, together with diarrhoea, abdomen pains and dehydration.

Cryptosporidium is a diarrhoea and vomiting sickness that may be caught by consuming contaminated water.

News of additional confirmed instances comes after a well being knowledgeable mentioned residents ought to “expect to see further cases for at least 10 days to two weeks”.

Residents of the fishing city complained of an absence of contact with SWW and its chief govt, Susan Davy, was pressured to apologise on Friday for the outbreak, saying she was “truly sorry”.


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Rituparna Chatterjee19 May 2024 04:40