More than 600 households in a village in Surrey have been warned not to drink tap water, following concerns over a past fuel leak from a petrol station.

Thames Water said it was issuing the advice for Bramley homes as a precautionary measure.

The warning follows test results which “indicate a possible deterioration in quality in some areas”, Thames Water added.

The water firm advised impacted customers to avoid brushing teeth and preparing food with tap water, even after boiling.

Tap water can be used to wash or flush the toilet, it said.

Water supply in the village “has been safe to drink up to this point”.

Thames Water has been regularly carrying out extra tests on water in Bramley since a fuel leak from the village petrol station in October 2023.

Results on Thursday indicated high levels of hydrocarbons – which are found in petrol, Thames Water said.

Tess Fayers, operations director for the area, said affected properties would receive bottled water.

Thames Water was also “identifying locations to set-up bottled water stations”, Ms Fayers added.

A spokesperson for Waverley borough council said it was working closely with Thames Water and other agencies to “mitigate the impact on residents”.

It comes after households in other areas of the UK were warned over tap water safety concerns.

Earlier this month, thousands of people in Devon were told to boil their tap water before drinking it after a parasite outbreak was identified.

South West Water said the Hillhead reservoir and the wider Alston area was being investigated as a potential cause for the outbreak.

The number of confirmed cases of cryptosporidium has now reached 100, the UK Health Security Agency said on Thursday.



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