Tap wa­ter ‘petrol flavour’ prompts fears of ill health

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Roof Crash Terror - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk An Ash­ford man claims he is suf­fer­ing health prob­lems due to a stench of petrol em­a­nat­ing from the taps in his house.

Pa­trick Ken­dal says the wa­ter run­ning from his taps smells and tastes con­tam­i­nated – a prob­lem he says he has en­dured for the past 12 months.

He also claims that the prob­lem is af­fect­ing other res­i­dents in Cornes Close, Willes­bor­ough.

Mr Ken­dal, 22, said: “I don’t even use wa­ter from the taps any­more.

“I can’t wash my clothes in the wash­ing ma­chine be­cause they go all bob­bly and have started to fade.

“When I run a bath it ab­so­lutely stinks. I can’t carry on like this. I just want fresh wa­ter. I am feel­ing very de­pressed. ”

Mr Ken­dal be­lieves the con­tam­i­nated wa­ter is dam­ag­ing his health, and has vis­ited the doc­tor af­ter suf­fer­ing with an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat.

He has con­tacted his wa­ter provider to sort the is­sue out, and now says he is fed up with wait­ing for them to get back to him.

“They keep say­ing they’re go­ing to do some­thing about it, but noth­ing is hap­pen­ing. It is get­ting ridicu­lous. I have to go to my mum’s house in New­town just to wash my clothes and have a shower,” he added.

Since the smell was iden­ti­fied, South East Wa­ter and the Salva- tion Army Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion have both pro­vided Mr Ken­dal, and other Cornes Close res­i­dents, with bot­tled wa­ter.

He adds: “If there is no risk to our health, then why do they keep giv­ing us the bot­tles of wa­ter?”

Un­em­ployed Mr Ken­dal also be­lieves he de­serves com­pen­sa­tion to re­place the cloth­ing he claims the wa­ter has ru­ined.

“I bought a jacket to see me through the win­ter, but it has now faded and I don’t have a lot of money.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

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