Planned works to resolve 'cloudy water' in Coulsdon
08/02/2015 20:27:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Sutton and East Surrey Water plc, which serves much of Coulsdon West, has issued the following notice to residents of Grove Wood Hill, The Chase, Warwick Road and Howard Road.
"Advice for customers regarding the issue of the DO NOT DRINK notice
A few customers have reported an unusual taste or odour in their water supply earlier today and our laboratory tests have now confirmed this to be the case.
As a PRECAUTION, we are advising customers not to consume this water until we have carried out further tests.
All customers in Grove Wood Hill, The Chase, Warwick Road and Howard Road have this evening been issued with a precautionary notice to not drink tap water (and not use it for food preparation, cooking, cleaning teeth and feeding pets).
Water can be used for all other purposes, such as washing, bathing and laundry. Bottled water is being provided as an alternative source of drinking water.
We are aware that customers will have been consuming the water after the work was carried out and we have consulted with Public Health England (who are medical experts) regarding the likely cause of the taste/odour and the impact this may have on health. They have confirmed that any short term exposure to likely compounds released from the mains lining will not pose any concern to health, so should not cause concern.
We are investigating the likely cause of the unusual taste and odour and believe it is due to a minor disturbance of the lining of the mains during the ice pigging operation carried out as planned on Wednesday and Thursday last week. There were no immediate concerns with the water quality identified from the testing we carried out immediately after this planned work.
To improve the water quality we are flushing the mains through and we will be carrying out regular tests over the weekend so that we can lift the advice to not consume the water at the earliest opportunity.
Sutton and East Surrey Water apologises for this further disruption to your water supply."
This has now been resolved. For information please see the blog post dated 10/02/2015.