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WATER WARNING; Families told: Don't drink from taps.

Byline: Lucinda Cameron

HUNDREDS of Scots have been warned not to drink or cook with the tap water in their homes.

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 public health experts. They said there was a "quality problem" with the water.

The alert began after complaints about the taste, smell and colour of water in homes on the Woodilee estate in Lenzie, near Glasgow.

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 Scottish Water warned people in the 192 homes affected not to bathe or wash with the water but officials say it is now safe to do so.

However, they say families should still not use the tap water for drinking, cleaning teeth, preparing babies' feeds and disinfecting equipment, 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.

Water used for dishes should be hot and the dishes should be dried thoroughly.

Scottish Water said they would tell customers when the alert was lifted. It was likely to stay in place until at least today.

The cause of the problem is being investigated. Samples have been taken for testing and bottled water is being handed out. The advice was issued after Scottish Water liaised with the public health consultant at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is a new NHS board in West Central Scotland, created from the amalgamation of NHS Greater Glasgow and part of NHS Argyll and Clyde on April 1, 2006. .

The homes hit are in Cramond Drive, The Archies View, Salt Marsh Drive, Cotton Grass Court, Foxglove Gardens, Cloud Berry Place, Bothlin Court, Rutherford Drive, Rutherford Road, Carriesbrook Avenue, Robb Terrace, Lapwing Avenue and Blairhill Avenue.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 24, 2012
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