CARTAMA RESIDENTS TOLD NOT TO DRINK WATER

More than 1,200 residents of the El Sexmo district of Cartama have been told by the local council not to drink the water from their taps. Because of the drought water levels in the wells in the area have dropped considerably and the remaining water contains high concentrations of nitrates. These salts are not harmful in small doses but pose a health risk when taken in high doses over a period of time. A council spokesman said pregnant women and small babies are particularly vulnerable. He said the tap water could be used for washing clothes and dishes and taking showers but until the problem is sorted out, council water tankers will distribute clean water to all the houses in the area.

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