Sunday, 29 June 2008

There's Something Lurking In The Depths......

As you may have heard on the news (in the UK as least) a quarter of a million people in the East Midlands are having to boil their drinking water, due to an outbreak of Cryptosporidium in the local supply.... A quarter of a million, and me.

Pitsford reservoir is just up the road from here, and supplies the two main towns of Daventry, and Northampton, (the largest town in the UK, not to actually be a city) as well as all the outlying rural areas.

Anyone who should be unfortunate enough to contract Cryptosporidious, can look forward to 2-3 weeks off work, with violent stomach cramps, fever, vomiting, and "watery diarrhea"...... Nice way to spend the summer!

Having to stay by the loo for days on end, whilst being forced to watch Wimbledon, would be my ultimate idea of hell.

Also it takes a week to incubate, so everyone is waiting to see what happens next!

Fortunately I always drink bottled water anyway, so apart from remembering not to rinse the lettuce under the tap, or brush your teeth with it, it's not so bad.

The one galling thing is not having a dishwasher. Admittedly I find this a pain at the best of times, but had I had one now, it would be safe to wash up with it on the hottest setting. But for washing up by hand, you have to boil the water first. To fill my sink it takes two kettles and three large saucepans of water, which of course you then have to leave for half an hour before you can put your mitts in it. This is far too much like advanced planning to fit easily into my domestic routine.

Work is also in the affected area as well, so it's not even as if I can pile the dishes in the boot of the car and do them there.....

4 comments:

Frankie @ Veg Plot said...

Good Grief! There's been nothing on the news about it here.

Greenmantle said...

...And the really good part is, it's expected to be several weeks before they can sort it out!

Matron said...

I always have a supply of water purifying tablets on hand just in case of ...nasty things happening to the water supply.. a really scarey terrorist target eh? Am I getting paranoid?

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