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250 homes told to 'boil water' before use

250 homes in Somerset have been told to boil their water before using it. Houses in Bratton Seymour, Shepton Montague, Yarlington, and Maperton were sent a letter last night (September 8) as a precautionary measure by Wessex Water.

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250 homes told to 'boil water' before use

Some Wessex Water customers have been told to boil water Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

250 homes in Somerset have been told to boil their water before using it.

Houses in Bratton Seymour, Shepton Montague, Yarlington, and Maperton were sent a letter last night (September 8) as a precautionary measure by Wessex Water.

The company say they found the supply was not "of its usual standard".

Home owners will need to boil their tap water before using it for:

  • Drinking
  • Washing food
  • Cooking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Medical purposes

Water directly from the tap can still be used for washing, bathing and flushing the toilet.

Wessex Water has written to all customers affected and provided bottled water for each home.

It said the boil water notice would remain in place until at least Friday and customers affected should continue to boil water until they received an “all clear” notice through their door.

250 homes in Somerset have been told to boil their water before using it Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS

As a responsible water company we are committed to supplying customers with water of the highest quality and it is through one of our vigorous tests that we identified a water sample didn’t meet our standard.

Therefore, as a precautionary measure we are asking some customers to boil their water and have supplied bottled water to those affected.

Once we are completely satisfied that the water quality is back to its normal high standard we will inform customers that they no longer need to boil water.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank those customers affected for their patience.

– Nigel Martin, water supply general manager

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