Tap water in Nový Bor cleared for drinking

Tap water in the towns of Nový Bor and Okrouhlá in the north of the country contaminated by coliform bacteria is drinkable again, hygiene officers said on Thursday. For safety reasons, they recommended people to boil the tap water in the course of the next 24 hours. Over a hundred people were treated for stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhoea during the weekend after drinking the water. The town’s mayor has ordered the local library and kindergartens to be closed until further notice. The problem was probably caused by wastewater seeping into the pipes carrying water for household consumption. A similar incident happened in Prague’s district of Dejvice in May when around 500 people fell ill after drinking contaminated tap water.

Author: Ruth Fraňková