Welsh Water prosecuted over bug

July 5, 2007 at 11:04 am

Dwr Cymru, or Welsh Water is facing charges of supplying water unfit for human consumption in the wake of the outbreak of a stomach bug in North Wales. The Drinking Water Inspectorate is bringing the charges in relation to cryptosporidiosis contamination in the winter of 2005. The bug affected 231 people, making it the largest such water borne outbreak in Wales.

Around 70,000 people whose water was treated at the Cwellyn works in Snowdonia were told to boil their drinking water for two months after the bug was discovered. Householders were later given £25 to compensate for the energy costs and inconvenience.

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water have expressed disappointment at the decision to prosecute. They say that protecting public health by providing a safe and reliable water supply has always been and always will be their first priority. Their own investigations at the time of the incident showed that the Cwellyn water treatment works was operating normally and tests showed no breach of regulatory standards. The company has now installed new ultra-violet treatment that kills cryptosporidiosis.

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