A WATER supplier has reassured customers that its product has not been contaminated.

Last week there were reports that SES water had found E-coli in water being supplied from Westwood Water Treatment Works and had made a precautionary boil notice to the affected Oxted area.

The measure was used to ensure customer safety whilst further testing was carried out by SES Water.

After extra tests were made, it was confirmed that the 6,500 properties that are supplied by the site that the boil notice was lifted as there was no indication that contaminated water had left the treatment works.

Southern Water, which provides water to Sussex, has now told customers that their water is not contaminated and that it meets "very strict standards" of the Drinking Water Inspectorate, a section of the Department for Environment.

A spokesman for Southern Water said: "We carry out 220,000 tests a year at our sites and in customer premises.

"All the drinking water we supply meets stringent Drinking Water Inspectorate standards.

"In the exceptional event of a problem, we would always be quick to inform customers.

"No Southern Water customers were affected by this issue at a different company."

Earlier this month Arun District Councillors demanded action from the water company following concern over bathing water quality.

This demand came after a meeting discussing the illegal sewage discharges into the sea elsewhere off the south-coast, which led to Southern Water being finned £90 million in July.

The company pleaded guilty to 6,791 un-permitted sewage discharges which polluted rivers and coastal waters in Kent, Hampshire and Sussex between 2010 and 2015.

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