UK Restores Water to Flooded Areas

Supply turned back on for 54K homes; still not safe to drink or cook
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2007 5:29 PM CDT
Flooded allotments in Oxford, England, Wednesday July 25, 2007. Rising flood waters forced dozens of residents to be evacuated from the university town of Oxford on Wednesday as the surge from Britain's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Water supplies are returning to thousands of homes in England after torrential rain flooded the area in an and around Gloucester and knocked out a water treatment plant. Reinstated water will not be potable, warn officials, and should not be used to cook, make ice, or brush teeth.

A county police chief urged patience. "There is light at the end of the tunnel," he told the inundated residents. Nearly 140K houses lost water when floods hit beginning more than a week ago; 54K homes are expected to regain water by tomorrow, although 1,200 miles of water pipes still need to be refilled. Dry weather is forecast for the rest of the week.