Tests show bacteria still in upper Wensleydale water

Yorkshire Water says tests show bacteria remains in the drinking water of homes and businesses in upper Wensleydale.

Around 1,000 properties have been told to boil their drinking water after bacteria were found in the supply.

Yorkshire Water implemented a ‘boil order’ for homes and businesses in Hawes, Gayle, Appersett and Askrigg (DL8-3 postcodes) as a precaution at the weekend.

A spokesperson said today: “Unfortunately, water quality samples taken on Sunday showed the presence of bacteria in the water. As a result, the boil order remains in place for Hawes, Gayle, Appersett, Askrigg (DL8-3) only.

“Our teams are working hard to investigate the water network, conduct maintenance in the area and carry out samples to try to resolve this issue as soon as possible. We are working closely with UKHSA and the local authority to ensure vulnerable customers are being supported where necessary.

“We understand the inconvenience customers in the area have experienced and we apologise for the disruption. We’d like to thank customers for their understanding and patience and reassure them that we are working hard to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

“Customers can continue to read updates via our website – https://www.yorkshirewater.com/incidents/hawes-dl8/.”


  1. Yorkshire water need to clarify their message. Bainbridge and Countersett are DL8 3 but are not affected. We have been boiling water, unnecessarily.

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