Friday, 27 August 2021, 17.00

We have just received this update from Scottish Water on local water discolouration.

“Ahead of the weekend, I thought it would be helpful to get in touch with an update on the ongoing situation with the water supply to parts of Lanarkshire. 

As you’ll no doubt be aware, customers in some parts of Lanarkshire might be experiencing intermittent issues with water discolouration caused by naturally occurring manganese levels present in the water supply which is treated at Daer and Camps water treatment works and then distributed to homes and businesses.

We are continuing to monitor the situation, which is linked to record low reservoir levels for this time of year due to the lack of rainfall, and introducing additional treatment measures at both of the works to help minimise the discolouration.

We would like to reassure customers that they can continue to use their water as normal – whether that’s for drinking, cooking, bathing and showering, all the regular day-to-day things we use water for. While it might look a bit different from normal, it is safe to use.

Please note that as a measure of reassurance to customers, we are liaising with the Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR) and the Consultant in Public Health Medicine at NHS Lanarkshire on this matter.

The additional treatment measures are helping to tackle the issue but customers might not notice an improvement for some time due to the forecast dry weather. We continue to work at adding additional treatment processes to reduce the impact.

Please be assured that we are doing all we can to get things back to normal for affected customers.

Once again, we thank everyone for their patience and understanding.”

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