Some 1,080 residents of Stapleford and Great Shelford were potentially exposed to 'dangerously high levels of toxic chemicals' in June 2021, but were never informed by the water company or reassured that the water reaching their taps was safe.
Cambridge Water said it had removed contaminated water from its supply but admitted it had not informed the community. Read the full story here.
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This latest revelation comes after a host of other incidents and scandals involving water pollution in the region.
New analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed the top ten longest sewage discharges in the region by water companies. The worst offence was in Norfolk and lasted almost 8,000 hours. The third worst sewage dump was in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire and lasted almost 6,000 hours. In the Cam valley, 2019 discharges from sewer overflows included 88 spillages in the River Rhee in Haslingfield, for a total of 1,009 hours.
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Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for South Cambs, Pippa Heylings, is calling on the government and Ofwat (the water services regulator) to do more.
Pippa said; “It is frankly disgraceful that Cambridgeshire households had no knowledge there were high levels of toxic chemicals in their water supply.
“Let’s not forget that Conservative MPs failed to stop water companies polluting our chalk streams, rivers and groundwater. The Liberal Democrats will continue to demand more action is taken against water companies.
"This government has a track record of breaking promises and failing to deliver. Our local environment needs urgent action to prevent water companies from committing any more crimes."
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