Parents opt for bottled water - not tap

PARENTS have started buying their children bottled water in a North Somerset village because they fear the tap water is not good enough. During the summer Bristol Water revealed plans to build two new pipelines in the district to provide Winscombe with a

PARENTS have started buying their children bottled water in a North Somerset village because they fear the tap water is not good enough.During the summer Bristol Water revealed plans to build two new pipelines in the district to provide Winscombe with a better water supply.Villagers feared the plans meant that their current supply was not up to standard and some stopped drinking water from the tap and bought up bottled water instead.But Bristol Water says the new pipelines are being put in place for 'operational reasons'. It says the village's current treatment works in Rowberrow is no longer good enough and water will be pumped from Banwell instead.Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council has concerns about the plans and has asked the company whether villagers really need to be buying their children bottled water. The company has stressed there is nothing dangerous about the current supply and it is perfectly safe.The council is also upset the new pipes would go over a Victorian bridge which crosses the Strawberry Line nature reserve.Villagers who use the popular walking spot were horrified at the proposals and said it would spoil the tranquil nature of the reserve.The firm has now reassessed the proposals and now wants to build the pipe underground, despite initially saying this would be impossible because of the cost involved in pumping water under the disused railway line.The new plans will be presented to the council at a meeting this month. Work could start on the project this year. There will be some disruption to roads but Bristol Water has promised it will make sure villagers will still be able to drive to their homes.


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