Cornwall

Cornwall boil tap water warning is lifted

  • 22 August 2013
  • From the section Cornwall
Kettle filled from kitchen tap
Image caption People were told to boil water before using it for drinking, cooking or cleaning their teeth

A boil water notice in south east Cornwall, put in place after pump problems at a reservoir, has been lifted.

About 1,500 homes in the Pensilva and Minions area were given the warning after the problem was discovered on Tuesday, South West Water (SWW) said.

It had been lifted after two days of testing samples produced clear results, it added.

The firm said affected customers would get a £15 cheque for compensation.

The precautionary notice was issued after reservoir pumps stopped working, resulting in customers reporting they were getting no water.

The water company said the pumps were later reactivated but a boil water notice was required in case there was any infiltration into the system by ground water when pressure was reduced in pipes.

"We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused our customers," a statement said.

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