GREEN tap­wa­ter has res­i­dents puz­zled

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

WA­TER bosses have moved to re­as­sure res­i­dents af­ter GREEN wa­ter started flow­ing out of their taps.

Res­i­dents were left scratch­ing their heads last week when they started spot­ting the dis­coloured wa­ter.

But de­spite eight peo­ple con­tact­ing United Util­i­ties over the is­sue, the firm has tested the sup­plies and con­cluded there is noth­ing wrong with it.

In­stead, wa­ter bosses be­lieve the in­ci­dents of dis­coloura­tion are down to in­ter­nal plumb­ing is­sues.

Lisa War­dle, who lives on Cock Hall Lane in Lan­g­ley, con­tacted the Ex­press when green wa­ter started com­ing out of her bath­room taps.

And at least 20 peo­ple – in­clud­ing those liv­ing in Sut­ton and on the Moss – com­mented on Face­book say­ing their wa­ter is also a funny colour.

Kelly Thor­ley said: “I’ve had funny coloured wa­ter lately. I live on the Moss.”

Emma L Dalton said United Util­i­ties had been out to test the wa­ter, adding: “We have had green wa­ter in Lan­g­ley since last Thurs­day.”

United Util­i­ties said the wa­ter is safe to drink and that cop­per pipes within peo­ple’s homes could be re­spon­si­ble for the dis­coloura­tion.

A spokesper­son said: “The wa­ter is per­fectly nor­mal and safe to drink, and cus­tomers do not need to be con­cerned.

“The pub­lic sup­ply meets all qual­ity stan­dards at the tap that first en­ters the home off the pub­lic wa­ter pipe (the kitchen).

“We con­cluded the in­ter­nally plumb­ing (which is a pri­vate mat­ter) seems to be the likely source.

“We were asked to in­ves­ti­gate af­ter a cus­tomer no­ticed green coloured wa­ter from the bath­room tap.

“Some­times in­ter­nal cop­per plumb­ing in the home can in­tro­duce small amounts of cop­per into the wa­ter, es­pe­cially if the prop­erty does not have the cor­rect elec­tri­cal earth­ing.

“Peo­ple might no­tice a slight turquoise tinge to wa­ter in white baths.

“Our ad­vice is al­ways to drink wa­ter from the kitchen cold wa­ter tap.

“We have done tests on sam­ples of the wa­ter at the kitchen tap, which is where the pub­lic wa­ter sup­ply en­ters a prop­erty, and we are con­fi­dent that the wa­ter sup­ply is nor­mal.

“We have of­fered ad­vice to around eight cus­tomers who con­tacted us.”

Wa­ter engi­neers is­sued bot­tled wa­ter as a pre­cau­tion.

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