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Water on Marleigh estate in Cambridge safe to use after seven days, says company

Residents in a Cambridge area who endured almost seven days without drinkable tap water amid contamination fears have been told it is now safe to use.

Problems at the Marleigh development were first reported last Thursday, with people initially told not to use tap water.

Engineers on site Picture: Keith Heppell
Engineers on site Picture: Keith Heppell

From Monday they were told not to drink it, but that it was safe for them to wash, shower and do laundry.

On Tuesday, it was confirmed that there had not been any reports of anyone falling ill.

Today (Wednesday), Independent Water Networks (IWN) announced that the notice is no longer necessary.

A spokesperson for IWN said: “We’re very pleased to confirm that the precautionary ‘Do Not Drink’ notice is no longer necessary and you are now able to use your water safely. Our sample results have confirmed that your water meets all the necessary standards set out in UK legislation and is safe to drink and use normally.

“The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has been consulted and they confirm and agree with this. We'd like to thank you for your patience whilst this incident was ongoing.

“We know this has been seriously inconvenient and we greatly appreciate your understanding of the situation. Your health and safety is always our top priority.”

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