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Scots Warned Not to Drink Tap Water

Posted on: August 24th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Scottish Water has issued a health warning that tap water in hundreds of homes may not be safe to drink or cook with.

After talking to experts the water supplier ascertained that there was a water quality problem with the tap water on the Woodilee estate in Lenzie, near Glasgow. The alert began after complaints about the taste, smell and colour of water in homes.

At first Scottish Water warned the 192 residents there not to bathe or wash with the water on the Woodilee estate either, but officials say it is now safe.

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Hundreds of Scots were warned about unsafe tap water.

However, families should still not drink the tap water or use it to brush their teeth, prepare food or anything for babies such as baby food or disinfecting equipment.

The warning stated “water should not be used for preparing food including ice cubes and salads, preparing pet food or washing open wounds. The water can be used for flushing toilets and for washing clothes and dishes. But water used for dishes should be hot and the dishes should be dried thoroughly.”

Scottish Water will inform customers when the alert is lifted. In the meantime the cause of the problem is being investigated. Samples have been taken for water testing and bottled water is being handed out at the estate. The advice was issued after Scottish Water liaised with the public health consultant at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

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Great Scottish Swim Called Off

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012 by admin No Comments

A popular Scottish event, the Great Scottish Swim, has been called off due to poor water quality.

The Great Scottish Swim was due to be held in Strathclyde Country Park, which is also the venue for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games triathlon.

However organisers were forced to cancel the event after a quality control test detected high levels of blue green algae which could have been potentially harmful to swimmers by putting them at risk of infection.

Great Scottish Swim called off

The Great Scottish Swim was called off due to bacteria in the water.

In June the loch had to be closed to swimmers because of an outbreak of illness. That led the North Lanarkshire Council to commission a water quality test in conjunction with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and other environmental bodies.

Even though there was another venue which was a backup in case of occurrences like this, this venue was also contaminated with the algae.

The Great Scottish Swim was part of a nationwide Great Swim series, which offered ½ mile, 1 mile and 2 mile swims.

Alex Jackson, event director of the Great Swim Series said: “The safety of our swimmers and their families remains our main priority. The strict guidelines that are in place mean, for us, there is an unacceptable level of risk.

“We had hoped to find an alternative venue, and extensive research was done to this end. An event of this size requires considerable infrastructure which immediately discounted some very good options. We had identified a promising location with full operational plans in place, but unfortunately, as of Sunday, water quality here has deteriorated also, and it is no longer suitable.”

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Supermarkets Accused of Selling Bottled Tap Water

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by admin No Comments

A Telegraph article has alleged that own brand bottled water which is on sale by UK supermarkets is in fact tap water.

Costing 17p for two litres, Smartprice Still Water from Asda and Everyday Value Still Water from Tesco are filtered directly from the mains supply, says the article. This is in spite of the fact that the basic water brands are being sold on the same shelf as upmarket brands like Perrier and Evian.

The supermarkets claim that they are saving the customer time and money by putting tap water through a filtration process which many customers choose to do anyway when they buy water filters.

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Tesco and Asda have been accused of selling bottled tap water

Asda said in a statement: “Our Smart Price water is treated to remove chlorine, further filtered, then bottled. If sparkling, carbon dioxide is added for a bit of fizz. The label on the bottle tells our customers just that.

“Our two litre bottle is 17p. For comparison – if a customer bought a Brita water filter jug at £16 and used it for the recommended 40 gallons, it would cost 21p to produce two litres of filtered water.

“We’re saving our customers time and money – as well as providing a container.”

Meanwhile a Tesco spokesperson was quoted as saying: “Our Everyday Value Still Water goes through a complex filtration process to improve the taste and remove impurities.

“Tesco sells a wide range of waters to suit all tastes and budgets. All of our products are clearly labelled so customers know what they are buying.”

If you are concerned about the quality of your mains water or bottled water, contact Aquatec today. Our home water purification systems guarantee up to 98% water purity.

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Takeover Rumours Swirl Around UK Water Companies

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Rumours of takeovers of UK water companies have swirled around the stock market due to share price spikes.

Indeed the largest provider of water in the UK, United Utilities, saw the share price rise to 4.9%, according to the Huffington Post. Pennon and Severn Trent also had share spikes.

Potential takeover candidates for UK water companies are all likely to come from the Middle East and the Far East, with China especially active.

The China Investment Corporation is one of the sovereign wealth funds which may be weighing a bid for United Utilities.

 

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The China Investment Corporation is considering a bid for United Utilities.

David Battersby, investment manager for Redmayne-Bentley, told the Huffington Post:”Many think the market is in fact cheap at the moment. However, with no proper end in sight for the Euro, investors are not investing for growth due the risk of a country exit.”

It is not thought that there will be any effect on consumers if the water companies change hands as the new owners would want to keep the company name strong by using the existing brand currency.

However this non-involvement could not be guaranteed for smaller water companies and Chancellor George Osborne’s has said that he is doing his upmost to attract Chinese investors.

Only last year the Northumbrian Water company has been taken over by a Hong Kong based investment consortium. Therefore other local water companies are not exempt from foreign attention.

Currently UK water is highly regulated by Ofwat but some are calling for a relaxation of regulations to make mergers between smaller water providers easier.

If you are concerned about the quality of water coming out of your tap, contact Aquatec – the Pure Water People today. We use a unique process to purify and soften water, making it 100% safe to drink.

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