AROUND 200,000 bottles of water have been delivered to schools and care homes in the areas of Tameside and Saddleworth as the water ban is set to continue on to tomorrow.

United Utilities, the water company that oversees local affairs, warned 17,000 properties in Ashton-under-Lyne, Mossley, and Stalybridge on Sunday morning to stop drinking straight from the tap.

Company bosses said the problem at the treatment plant is now fixed, but they need to wait for remaining contaminated water to be flushed out of the system.

The Buckton Castle United Utilities plant where the problem occurred. Credit: Josef Mcdermott

Everyone in the affected areas are still advised to boil their water for drinking, preparing food and brushing their teeth for 48-hours until at least Wednesday evening.

Mossley Hollins High School is one of many affected by the contamination, located just yards away from the Buckton Castle site.

Headteacher Stuart Marshall explained what measures he took to ensure the safety of the hundreds of students and staff.

Photo by Josef McDermott.
Photo by Josef McDermott.

“We have a duty to care for every single one, both in what water they drink and what food is given to them”, he said. “All water fountains are isolated, all correct signage is in the bathroom and workspaces, and staff rooms.

“I was determined we’re not going close over a problem like this. Education is critical. I’m not letting itget in the way of learning.”

Tap water may be used for general domestic purposes such as bathing and flushing toilets.

United Utilities have also advised those who are feeling unwell after drinking water to consult their GP.

In case of an overnight emergency, United Utilities have said to call 03456723723.

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