E-coli in drinking water

16th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 May 2007, HOOFDDORP – The e-coli bacteria was found at a water pumping station in Hoofddorp on Tuesday. The pumping station is operated by water company PWN.

16 May 2007

HOOFDDORP – The e-coli bacteria was found at a water pumping station in Hoofddorp on Tuesday. The pumping station is operated by water company PWN.

The company has therefore warned residents of Haarlem, Haarlemmermeer and neighbouring municipalities to boil tap water for two minutes before drinking it, PWN reports on its website.

The e-coli bacteria can cause stomach ache and diarrhoea. PWN is investigating how the harmful bacteria could have ended up in the pumping station. Residents in the region can safely shower and wash, the company says.

A spokesperson for PWN says that the contamination affects 170,000 households in the Kennemerland area. Last week the e-coli bacteria also turned up in a residential neighbourhood in Hoofddorp, but that contamination has since been taken care of.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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