Boil water notice lifted

Scottish Water is advising customers in areas of Stornoway who have been advised to boil their water that the water is now safe to drink after samples were given the all clear.

400 properties in Stornoway were advised to boil their drinking water by Scottish Water who are working in conjunction with Dr Ken Oates, Consultant in Public Health Medicine NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles.

Simon Harrison, Water Operations Manager, Scottish Water, said: “We extend our thanks to our local customers for their patience and understanding while a difficult overnight repair was performed in harsh weather conditions and subsequent sampling had to be carried out before the all-clear could be issued.

“A burst water main resulted in a loss of supply to some customers in Stornoway at around 4pm Tuesday 10th January. Scottish Water isolated the main and excavated to perform a repair. During the repair discovered that it lay in the same trench as a sewer which had been damaged.

“The notice to boil drinking water was a precautionary measure to address any potential risk to water quality.”

Samples have now confirmed that the water meets the strict parameters specified by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR). Affected customers will receive a leaflet through their door which will confirm their water supply is back to normal.

Any customers who need further assistance should call the Scottish Water Customer Helpline on 0845 601 88 55.