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4 May 2014, 09:09
Your drinking water has been given the all clear. That's the message being delivered by Thames Water to customers in the RG8 area this morning.
Engineers spent yesterday visiting properties in the area collecting water samples and worked into the early hours of Sunday morning sending them for quality testing. They are now confident that the water is safe to drink once again.
Affected customers will be receiving letters today confirming that they can now drink the water. It should be noted however that Thames Water engineers will be continuing routine work in the area throughout today. Customers should not be concerned if they see them.
Odour from a newly repaired water pipe caused an unusual smell in the tap water on Thursday evening, meaning customers were strongly advised to avoid drinking it; although experts agreed there was 'minimal public health risk'.
Simon Earl, Thames Water's head of water production, said: "After a day and night of sampling, we're very pleased to say that the drinking water in the RG8 area has passed all our quality tests and is now safe for customers to drink again.
"We're very sorry for the continued inconvenience this problem caused, but we take matters of water quality and public health very seriously and thank customers for their patience."