Thames Water issue urgent ‘do not drink’ warning in Surrey

Water testing follows historic fuel leak from village petrol station

Thames Water has issued an urgent ‘do not drink’ notice to hundreds of homes in Surrey following water tests which indicated a ‘possible deterioration’ in the quality of drinking water ‘in some areas’.

The water company has been carrying out additional water sampling in Bramley since October 2023, following a historical fuel leak from the village petrol station.

Thames Water is advising residents not to use tap water for drinking, cooking or brushing their teeth. They have said 616 homes in Bramley are believed to be affected.

Last week concerns were raised about the quality of drinking water supplied by Thames Water after families living in Beckenham, south east London suffered from diarrhea and vomiting.

Thames Water deny that was caused by contaminated tap water. They told The Chiswick Calendar on Wednesday (29 May) there was “zero evidence” water they are supplying is causing illness, after being urged by the Labour party to “get a grip” with water quality testing.

Two weeks ago South West Water admitted traces of cryptosporidium, a parasite that can cause a diarrhoea-type disease, had been found in the water supply around Brixham. When the Environment Agency evaluated the performance of water companies last year, South West Water was at the bottom of the performance league, awarded only one star.

Thames Water, the biggest UK water company, was awarded two stars (out of eight). While they were found to be providing clean drinking water, they also found it was ‘not meeting basic environmental requirements’

Some people in west London have told us they have started boiling their tap water as a precaution. When we asked  Thames Water on Wednesday (29 May) whether they were testing the water in this area, they confirmed they were carrying out tests in west & south-west London, but did not say whether any tests had been carried out in the Chiswick & Hammersmith water zone.

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