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18 June 2015, 08:23
Nine schools have been closed and customers in some parts of North Lanarkshire have been told not to cook, drink or wash with their tap water following concerns over its taste and smell.
Scottish Water has spent the night investigating the issues after customers reported concerns about the mains water.
The issue's affecting around 6,000 customers in parts of Carfin, Newarthill, Chapelhall, New Stevenston and Dalziel Park.
Scottish Water is delivering bottled water and notices advising people not to use the water to households and businesses in the area.
Customers are also asked not to use boiled tap water, and to use their water only for flushing toilets.
A spokesman for Scottish Water said: "After receiving contacts from customers about the taste and smell of tap water, we investigated thoroughly and examined our network. We have advised customers in Carfin, Newarthill, Chapelhall, New Stevenston and Dalziel Park not to use their water for any purpose - other than flushing toilets - as a precautionary measure.
"We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and we have been distributing bottled water to affected properties during the night.
"We have had teams out in the affected areas all night assisting customers and are investigating the issue as a matter of priority.
"We will issue further updates when more information becomes available, and we will closely monitor the network and advise when the water is back to normal.''
Scottish Water said it will ensure that assistance is provided to customers who require additional support such as the elderly, disabled, hospitals and care homes, as well as the wider community.
The company is advising people not to use the tap water until further notice.
The nine schools closed as a precaution are:
Taylor High School
St Theresa’s Primary
Keir Hardie Memorial Primary
Our Lady & St Frances Primary
New Stevenston Primary
St Patrick’s Primary
St Aloysius Primary