‘We’ll make sure tap contamination was a one-off’

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ASSURANCES have been made that everything is being done to make sure there is no repeat of the water contamination which struck supplies in Bearsden and Milngavie recently.

People throughout the area were told not to use their taps for 24 hours at the end of last month after high levels of aluminium were detected at Burncrooks treatment works.

Around 12,000 households were affected and concerns were raised that Scottish Water had not done enough to provide people with information about health concerns and alternative supplies.

An investigation by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland is now underway - and recently East Dunbartonshire Provost Eric Gotts, along with other councillors, talked to Scottish Water’s head of development, Alan Thomson.

Provost Gotts, a Milngavie councillor, said: “The aluminum incident at the Burncrooks Reservoir, which supplies many households in the Bearsden and Milngavie area, was quite rightly a matter of local concern.

“I have been in communication with Alan Thomson and have received assurances that the incident is being fully investigated to determine the cause of the pollution and to decide on safety measures that make it highly unlikely that such an incident ever happens again.

“I have also asked Scottish Water to review its whole communications strategy as I have received, from talking with local people, very mixed messages regarding Scottish Water’s handling of the emergency in the Bearsden and Milngavie area that day.

“Scottish Water has agreed to meet with me to share its findings over the comprehensive report on the investigation which has been published. I shall be inviting my councillor colleagues from Bearsden and Milngavie to the planned meeting.

“I have already received some public comment about the incident and I have passed this to Scottish Water for their information.”

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “We have had dialogue with Councillor Gotts and other councillors about the matter and have agreed to meet them when the independent investigation by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland is complete and its conclusions made public.”

If readers wish to provide Provost Gotts with further comments, contact Christine Branscombe on 0141 578 8163 or e-mail eric.gotts@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.