Update – Tuesday 7th August – At last, tap water is safe
When will the water supplies come back?
The tap water for most of Cheltenham will return on Tuesday 31 July 2007. The advice below is all about what to do when that happens.
What should I do first?
Before the water returns make sure that all your taps are turned off. If possible, also turn off the stop cock (the valve on your water supply), this is often under your kitchen sink.
When water pressure returns taps should be opened carefully as there may be air under pressure in the water system.
Will I be able to drink the water?
No. When the water supply first returns it will not be fit to drink. Even with boiling it will not be fit to drink. It should not be used for any human consumption.
So, do not use the water, even after boiling, for any of the following:
- food preparation or dish washing
- teeth cleaning
- baby bathing and feeding
Continue to use bottled water or bowser water for all the above.
What can I use the water for?
You can use the water for things outside the human body. So you can use the water for the following:
- flushing toilets
- adult bathing
- house cleaning
Will the water quality be tested?
Severn Trent will test the water across town and will publish a clear statement when the water is fit to drink. We will publish that information on this website.
For any further advice please call Cheltenham Borough Council on 01242 262626