Some 250 households in the Kalundborg Council region are unable to drink mains
water, flush lavatories or to use the public water supply to bathe in due to
a major infection with E-coli bacteria.
Water tankers have been placed in the area where the public can collect water
Director of Kalundborg Water Supply Torben Jørgensen says that the mains water
supply is believed to have become polluted as a result of a waste water
The problem was first reported last Thursday when several children at a
kindergarden were reported sick. The public was initially advised by sms to
boil water but during the weekend, after the health inspector was informed
of an increasing number of cases, water supplies were stopped.
“We’re continually rinsing (the pipes) and battling to clean the system,”
Jørgensen says, adding that water analyses have shown that the concentration
of bacteria is being reduced.
The results of new analyses are expected this afternoon, but the local Water
Board is unable to say when supplies will return to normal.
“It will certainly take a couple of days yet. Possibly not until Thursday as
one of the tests takes three days to complete,” Jørgensen says adding it is
hoped that supplies will return to normal by Monday: “But you can never
promise anything in these sorts of cases,” he says.
It is not immediately clear how many people have been reported sick as a
result of the leakage.
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