AN estate has been blighted by a bout of sickness and diarrhoea running rampant amongst residents.
Locals on the Ladyhouse estate in Milnrow, Rochdale fear the bug, which has affected dozens, could be linked to on-going work cleaning on the water pipes.
However suppliers United Utilities say there’s “no reason to believe” it’s connected to the water supply or the current cleaning work being done on it.
Even so, residents on the Greater Manchester estate are avoiding tap water and need to keep the bathroom nearby, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Anyone suffering from an illness has been advised to see their GP.
Jed Williams runs a WhatsApp group for the estate’s neighbourhood watch scheme.
He says dozens of people in the group have complained of falling ill over the weekend across the 550 households on the estate.
‘IT’S NOT LIKE WE’VE ALL HAD THE SAME DODGY CURRY’
He said: “Someone posted in the WhatsApp group last night asking if anyone had been ill and my phone’s been pinging ever since.
“There must be a hundred messages from people.
“There’s babies, old people, dogs even.
“Everybody’s getting ill from something and the water is the only common factor. It’s not like we’ve all had the same dodgy curry.”
United Utilities began cleaning out water pipes on the estate about three weeks ago.
Jed, a 54-year-old driving instructor, says people are concerned the water supply has inadvertently become contaminated as a result.
He said that residents were warned the water could be discoloured during the cleaning but so far it has been running clear.
Jed also said he would getting bottled water in adding “you just can’t take the chance.”
“But I’m going to be getting some bottled water on the way home from work – you just can’t take the chance.”
A spokesperson for United Utilities said water quality officers had taken samples from across the area and found nothing of concern.
The firm said:“We have no reason to believe that the work we are carrying out is linked to the illness people have reported locally. We carry out this type of cleaning work on hundreds of our mains water pipes every year.
“Public health is our top priority and as a matter of routine we continually test the quality of tap water in customers’ homes by taking samples, which are laboratory tested. To provide extra reassurance additional sampling is taking place.
“We would advise anyone who is worried about someone who is feeling unwell to see their GP as they would normally do.”
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