SADDLEWORTH HOMES are among 17,000 in Tameside and Saddleworth affected by a ‘boil water notice’ by United Utilities.
The utility company issued the warning at 6am on Sunday, December 11 after a technical fault in their equipment led to some water not being treated to the usual high standard.
Customers are advised to boil water for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth until further notice.
A statement on the United Utilities website explains: “As a precaution, we are advising customers in parts of Tameside, Saddleworth and Greenfield to boil their drinking water until further notice.
“There are 17,000 properties affected, covering the areas of Stalybridge, Dukinfield, Hyde, Saddleworth, Greenfield and Ashton-Under-Lyne.
“For customers affected in those areas, your tap water should be boiled for drinking, food preparation and brushing of teeth.
“You can continue to use tap water for general domestic purposes such as bathing and flushing toilets. If your water looks dirty or cloudy, we would recommend to wait until the water has cleared before washing clothes.
“We have issued this advice as a result of an overnight technical fault on our equipment at Buckton Castle water treatment works, which supplies the area.
“That fault has now been rectified, but some water, not treated to the usual high standards, has entered the local pipe network.
“Our sincere apologies to everyone who will be affected by this news and we hope to be able to lift the boil water advice as soon as possible. We will keep everyone informed about that.”
The statement adds: “We are proactively contacting vulnerable customers in the area to make sure they have adequate support and we would also ask all customers to tell friends, family and neighbours who they know live in these areas and could be affected.
“Customers will receive compensation automatically and this will be paid proactively in the next 5 working days, so there is no need to contact us about that.”
You can check if you are affected throught the postcode checker here. United Utilities will continue to post updates on their website and Twitter @unitedutilities and Facebook @OfficialUnitedUtilities