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Water, water everywhere ... most is now safe to drink in an English village after parasite outbreak

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Water, water everywhere ... most is now safe to drink in an English village after parasite outbreak
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Water, water everywhere ... most is now safe to drink in an English village after parasite outbreak

2024-05-19 00:39 Last Updated At:10:21

LONDON (AP) — Most residents living near a scenic fishing village in southwestern England where a parasite in the water sickened more than 45 people were told Saturday that they could safely drink the water again.

South West Water said it lifted its boil notice for most of the 17,000 homes and businesses around the Brixham area of Devon that had been affected after cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that causes diarrhea, was found in the water.

At least 46 cases of cryptosporidiosis were confirmed and more than 100 other people reported similar symptoms, the U.K. Health Security Agency said. Symptoms can last more than two weeks.

The water company said it consulted with public health officials before lifting the boil warning for all but about 2,500 customers after rigorous testing showed the water was safe for most of the area.

“This situation has caused an immense amount of disruption, distress and anxiety. We are truly sorry this has happened," water company spokesperson Laura Flowerdew said. “The public rightly expect a safe, clean and reliable source of drinking water and on this occasion we have fallen significantly short of expectations."

The outbreak announced Wednesday was unrelated to Britain’s larger ongoing water woes but emblematic of an aging system in distress.

Water companies have been under fire for more than a year to stop frequent sewage overflows into rivers and oceans that have literally caused a stink, sickened swimmers, polluted fishing streams and led to an outcry from the public to clean up their act.

South West Water is facing charges in Plymouth Magistrates’ Court alleging 30 offenses for illegal water discharges or breaches of environmental permits between 2015 and 2021, the Environment Agency said.

Flowerdew on Friday said the outbreak may have come from a damaged air valve in a pipe that runs through a field where cows graze that is close to a reservoir.

A primary school was forced to close Thursday because it didn't have clean drinking water. The water company said it provided 386,000 water bottles to its customers.

People collect bottled water at Broadsands Car Park in Paignton, England, Friday May 17, 2024. Most residents living near a scenic fishing village in southwestern England where a parasite in the water sickened more than 45 people were told Saturday, May 18, 2024, that they could safely drink the water again. South West Water said it lifted its boil notice for most of the 17,000 homes and businesses around the Brixham area of Devon that had been affected after cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that causes diarrhea, was found in the water. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

People collect bottled water at Broadsands Car Park in Paignton, England, Friday May 17, 2024. Most residents living near a scenic fishing village in southwestern England where a parasite in the water sickened more than 45 people were told Saturday, May 18, 2024, that they could safely drink the water again. South West Water said it lifted its boil notice for most of the 17,000 homes and businesses around the Brixham area of Devon that had been affected after cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that causes diarrhea, was found in the water. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

A general view of Brixham Harbour, in Brixham, Devon, Friday May 17, 2024. Most residents living near a scenic fishing village in southwestern England where a parasite in the water sickened more than 45 people were told Saturday, May 18, 2024, that they could safely drink the water again. South West Water said it lifted its boil notice for most of the 17,000 homes and businesses around the Brixham area of Devon that had been affected after cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that causes diarrhea, was found in the water. (Piers Mucklejohn/PA via AP)

A general view of Brixham Harbour, in Brixham, Devon, Friday May 17, 2024. Most residents living near a scenic fishing village in southwestern England where a parasite in the water sickened more than 45 people were told Saturday, May 18, 2024, that they could safely drink the water again. South West Water said it lifted its boil notice for most of the 17,000 homes and businesses around the Brixham area of Devon that had been affected after cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that causes diarrhea, was found in the water. (Piers Mucklejohn/PA via AP)

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Tineco Launches the 3rd Edition of the Trade-Up Campaign

2024-06-20 14:25 Last Updated At:14:40

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 20, 2024--

Tineco, a leader in innovation for household cleaning appliances, announces the launch of the third edition of its Trade-Up campaign, taking place from June 24 to July 20, 2024. This campaign offers consumers the opportunity to upgrade their equipment with Tineco’s latest flagship products: the Stretch S6 and the SWITCH S7.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240619439343/en/

Campaign Details: The participation rules for this campaign remain similar to previous editions. Participants must visit the campaign page on Tineco’s website, fill out the participation form, and await a discount code.

Exclusive Benefit: This year, the discount code can be applied in addition to the Prime Day promotional prices, allowing consumers to enjoy even greater savings on the Stretch S6 and SWITCH S7.

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About Tineco

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Tineco Launches the 3rd Edition of the Trade-Up Campaign (Graphic: Business Wire)

Tineco Launches the 3rd Edition of the Trade-Up Campaign (Graphic: Business Wire)

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