Pangbourne, Streatley and Moulsford tap water work continues

Water hand outs Thousands of litres of bottled water have been handed out to residents while the system is flushed out

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Work is continuing to restore drinking water to parts of Berkshire and Oxfordshire after a strange odour began emanating from household taps.

Thames Water issued a "do not drink" notice to 1,500 customers in the RG8 postcode in Pangbourne and Streatley in Berkshire and Moulsford in Oxfordshire.

The firm said the source of the odour was a newly-repaired water pipe. The system has been flushed through.

Other areas affected in Berkshire are Ashampstead and Upper Basildon.

Fifty static water tanks have been made available and more than 20,000 litres of bottled water have been handed out since the problem was discovered on Thursday evening.

'Styrene in water'

Simon Earl, Thames Water said: "The risk to public health is very low and this is being done as a precaution.

"We're very sorry for the inconvenience and are working to resolve this as quickly as possible."

Initial findings show the issue is due to "extremely low" concentrations of a compound called styrene in the water.

This chemical is a common component of pipe materials.

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