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3:19pm 30th July 2013

South West Water has admitted bacteria could have been in water supplies near St Ives for a whole day before families were advised not to drink it.

1,500 homes are on a boil water notice, after a coliform bug was found during routine reservoir tests.

Experts are hoping things will be clear again by Wednesday evening.

Mark Baker from South West Water said there was a small risk of a stomach upset.

"What I'd advise customers is that they're most unlikley to have any after effects of drinking water over that period, but obviously if they do feel unwell, to monitor it and do go to their doctor if they do feel concerned.

"I would stress that the bacteria is an indicator, it isn't in itself harmful. So the notice we've given is a precautionary one. It doesn't mean that customers have been put at risk. There's just a possibility of that."

3:19pm 30th July 2013

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