Yorkshire Water says Doncaster sickness outbreak is not down to contaminated water

Yorkshire Water has reassured customers that cases of sickness in Doncaster are not being caused by a contaminated water supply.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 8:58 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 9:00 am

The firm has addressed social media rumours that the recent floods in and around Doncaster have introduced raw sewage into household water supplies, in turn causing sickness and diarrhoea.

But YW has told customers that the water supply was ‘unlikely’ to be the cause of any problems.

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Yorkshire Water has said illness in Doncaster is not down to contaminated water.

In a post on its Facebook page, a spokesman said: “Due to recent posts about illness linked to the water supply in the Doncaster area I can confirm that we are unaware of any issues affecting the water quality.

“The water supply is very unlikely to be the cause of any illness problem.”

Large parts of Doncaster were left underwater after the River Don burst its banks in several places more than two weeks ago.

Several messages have been widely shared on Facebook suggesting that river water, mixed with raw sewage from drains, had contimated the town’s water supplies.

However, it was confirmed last week that cases of Norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, have been reported in Yorkshire and across Britain.

School and hospitals across the country have already been closed with 60 schools in the North of England alone with pupils and staff off sick.

The virus is incredibly contagious, spread through close contact with someone with norovirus or touching surfaces, objects or food that have the virus on them.