Water contamination fears at Preston sheltered housing complex
Residents at a sheltered housing complex in Preston have have been told to avoid drinking their tap water over fears it could be contaminated, says United Utilities.
Engineers attended the property on the same day and an inspection was carried out at the 43 flat complex,which is run by Your Housing Group.
Residents have been given bottled water to use while the investigations are carried out.
Resident Tom Beatty, 81, said: "I first noticed the problem when there was a foul smell when I put the tap on.
"One of the lads here phoned the water board to get them to come and take a look.
“In conjunction with Public Health England (PHE), we issued a precautionary ‘Do No Drink Notice’ and offered bottled water to all residents.
"We are monitoring the situation alongside PHE, and continue to offer advice to the Your Housing Group.” A spokesperson for Your Housing Group, the company responsible for running the accommodation, said: “The safety of our residents is of utmost importance to us, so we are advising residents not to drink water from the tap as a precaution until United Utilities confirms it is safe to drink.
“We are sorry for the inconvenience this is causing.
We are continuing to work with United Utilities to resolve the issue as soon as possible.” A spokesman for Preston City Council confirmed that their Environmental Health and Safety Team have been made aware that United Utilities have issued a precautionary ‘do not drink advice’ at New Brook House.
The cause of the problem is still under investigation