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Water firms warned of bug.

Northumbrian Water has been asked to carry out urgent checks following a dangerous bacterial outbreak in Wales.

The potentially-deadly stomach bug cryptosporidum ( which struck 231 people ( is thought to have entered the water system at Llyn Cwellyn reservoir, near Caernarfon.

Now UK water companies have been asked by the Drinking Water Inspectorate to carry out risk assessments on their own treatment works.

In a letter to Northumbrian Water, which has gone out to all UK water companies, DWI chief Professor Jeni Colbourne has advised them to carry out checks on all sewage pipes, campsites, cesspits and septic tanks and check the capability of water tanks to be shut down in heavy rainfall.

A spokeswoman for Northumbrian Water said: "We will be carrying out thorough checks but we are confident our systems are robust."

The tiny parasite, found in humans and animals, causes diarrhoea lasting months.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2006
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