Useful advice for when the water returns

Remember that the returning water isn’t yet drinkable quality. Severn Trent advise:

We must remind customers that when water is restored, it must not be used for drinking, even after boiling. It’s perfectly safe to use for showering, bathing, flushing toilets and washing clothes.

We’ve published some useful advice on our page, when water supplies return. Bottle and bowser water will continue to be available.

Council staff give out bottled water at B&Q car park, Cheltenham


5 Responses to “Useful advice for when the water returns”

  1. 1 kestrelsummer 31 July 2007 at 7:51 pm

    I’s really like to know more about this advice. Where on the scale of not drinkable does this lie, between a teaspoonsful and you’re dead meat, and if everybody in Gloucestershire were to drink gallons of the stuff, a couple of them might get tummy upsets, of have 1% increase probability of dying of cancer. Or is it just that Severn Trent can’t guarantee its safety, without having any particular reason to think it unsafe?

  2. 2 Martin Richards 1 August 2007 at 10:56 am

    If we cannot drink or brush our teeth with this water, what about washing dishes? Presumably this is safe? Please advise

  3. 3 Martin Richards 1 August 2007 at 10:58 am

    And what about shaving?

  4. 4 cheltenhamboroughcouncil 1 August 2007 at 11:09 am

    Thanks Martin, the advice we’re passing on from Severn Trent is still the same (when water supplies return)

    Don’t use the water for washing dishes, or any use where the water may be ingested.

    We’re hoping to get updated information out very soon now so please keep watching.

  5. 5 Tony 1 August 2007 at 5:12 pm

    My thoughts are the same as kestrelsummer’s. Water that is not safe to drink even when boiled is surely unsafe for washing, and is surely unsafe for storing in tanks around the house and in cisterns.

    I understand why Severn Trent have to be ultra-cautious: I just wish they’d be a bit more up front with what’s really going on.

    After they announce that the quality level of the water is sufficiently good to allow it to be ingested will I have to empty the cold water tank to allow it to refill with potable water? (And as I’m on a water meter, will they refund me to cost?)

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