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Cambridge residents told ‘do not use’ water over contamination fears





Residents in a Cambridge area have been told not to use the tap water in their homes as it could be contaminated.

People living on the Marleigh development in CB5 were alerted last night (Thursday) that their water supply “may be contaminated” by Independent Water Networks (IWN).

Independent Water Networks are investigating the problem Picture: Keith Heppell
Independent Water Networks are investigating the problem Picture: Keith Heppell

The incident is ongoing and people are advised not to use their water for anything other than toilet flushing.

Streets affected include Newmarket Road, Rose Street, Marleigh Avenue, Loverose Way and Green Lane. Marleigh Primary Academy has also been closed as a result.

Bottled water at the Marleigh development Picture: Keith Heppell
Bottled water at the Marleigh development Picture: Keith Heppell

Customers have also been advised to dispose of ice cubes and filtered water, and not to use water to prepare food, brush teeth, rinse crockery and utensils, in the preparation of infant formula and for washing and bathing.

The area affected by the alert Picture: Independent Water Networks
The area affected by the alert Picture: Independent Water Networks

A statement from IWN said: “This means that tap water must not be used for anything other than flushing the toilet. IWN has arranged for bottled water to be dropped outside your homes from 11pm onwards by our emergency contractor Water Direct.

“This notice will remain in place until further notice”

IWN’s emergency contractor, Water Direct, left bottled water on doorsteps last night.



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