Contaminated water

James A Owen made this Freedom of Information request to Halton Borough Council

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Dear Halton Borough Council,

‘Dead’ or ‘Blind’ Ends

‘Dead’ or ‘Blind’ Ends are caused by infrequent or intermittent use of outlets such as unoccupied retail outlets. Their length can vary from a meter to 20 or more.
‘Dead’ or ‘Blind’ Ends allow stagnation to occur increasing the likelihood of conditions that give rise to the increased activity of micro-organisms.

Runcorn and Widnes retail shopping areas (including the Runcorn Shopping City) have many vacant (some for years) small and large units. Catering and drink outlets are spattered about with these empty units surrounding them.
It has been proven that even small dead-ends can contain sufficiently robust colonies of bacteria to recolonise entire water systems even after disinfection. As such, there is no recommended maximum length for dead-ends.

It is well known that bacteria are major causes of diarrhoea transmitted through unsafe drinking water. What is less appreciated are viruses in these same drinking water sources and their impact on human health. Water-transmitted viral pathogens that are classified as having a moderate to high health significance by the World Health Organization (WHO) include adenovirus, astrovirus, hepatitis A and E viruses, rotavirus, norovirus and other caliciviruses, and enteroviruses, including coxsackieviruses and polioviruses. Also, viruses that are excreted through urine like polyomaviruses and cytomegalovirus can potentially be spread through water (also unwashed hands).

Is Halton BC responsible for the supply of potable water to the Halton population as required by Statutory Instrument 2016 No. 614, WATER, ENGLAND AND WALES The Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016

Yours faithfully,

James A Owen

Halton Borough Council

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Dear James

 

Responsibility for the supply of potable water in the borough rests with
the water supply company  â€“ in this case united utilities. The Drinking
Water Inspectorate oversee the work of the utility companies. In
accordance with the Water Industry Act 1991 the local authority has a duty
to ensure it is kept informed (by the supplier and DWI) of water quality
and supply in the area and to respond to any directions from the secretary
of state. The council fulfils this function by ensuring the supplier and
DWI have contact details for the Environmental Health and Public Health
departments so information on test results and incidents can be shared.

 

The council does not routinely test the water supply in the borough.

 

Regards

 

Stephen Burrows

Principal Environmental Health Officer

Public Health Department

People Directorate

Halton Borough Council

 

Tel: 0151 511 7544

Internal: Ext. 7544

[mobile number]

Fax 0151 511 6344 

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Information Requested : Dear Halton Borough Council,

‘Dead’ or ‘Blind’ Ends

‘Dead’ or ‘Blind’ Ends are caused by infrequent or intermittent
use of outlets such as unoccupied retail outlets. Their length can vary
from a meter to 20 or more.
‘Dead’ or ‘Blind’ Ends allow stagnation to occur increasing the
likelihood of conditions that give rise to the increased activity of
micro-organisms.

Runcorn and Widnes retail shopping areas (including the Runcorn Shopping
City) have many vacant (some for years) small and large units. Catering
and drink outlets are spattered about with these empty units surrounding
them.
It has been proven that even small dead-ends can contain sufficiently
robust colonies of bacteria to recolonise entire water systems even after
disinfection. As such, there is no recommended maximum length for
dead-ends.

It is well known that bacteria are major causes of diarrhoea transmitted
through unsafe drinking water. What is less appreciated are viruses in
these same drinking water sources and their impact on human health.
Water-transmitted viral pathogens that are classified as having a moderate
to high health significance by the World Health Organization (WHO) include
adenovirus, astrovirus, hepatitis A and E viruses, rotavirus, norovirus
and other caliciviruses, and enteroviruses, including coxsackieviruses and
polioviruses. Also, viruses that are excreted through urine like
polyomaviruses and cytomegalovirus can potentially be spread through water
(also unwashed hands).

Is Halton BC responsible for the supply of potable water to the Halton
population as required by Statutory Instrument 2016 No. 614, WATER,
ENGLAND AND WALES The Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016

Yours faithfully,

James A Owen

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Date Received : 12/01/2021

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