HC Deb 20 June 1988 vol 135 cc458-9W
Ms. Quin

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the 50 areas for which derogations have been given from European Economic Community requirements concerning levels of aluminium in drinking water.

Mr. Moynihan

The 47 areas where the Department has given the aluminium derogations under article 9 of the EC drinking water directive or has applied to the European Commission under article 20 for a further period of time to comply with the aluminium standard are as follows:

Northumbrian Water Authority

  • Tunstall

Severn-Trent Water Authority

  • Parts of North Warwickshire, Coventry and Nuneaton
  • Parts of Charnwood, Hinckley and Bosworth areas
  • Part of Stroud district council area
  • Areas supplied direct from Elan reservoirs aqueduct
  • Part of Montgomery

South West Water Authority

  • Parishes of Seaton and Beer
  • Areas supplied from Tottiford treatment works
  • Areas supplied from Prewley treatment works
  • Bideford
  • College supply zone—Falmouth and Penrhyn
  • Watercombe supply zone
  • Higher parts of Penzance
  • Launceston and Callington areas
  • Bodmin and Wadebridge areas
  • Princetown
  • Chagford Crediton hamlets

North West Water Authority

  • Parts of Sefton M.B
  • Parts of Stockport M.B
  • Parts of Bolton M.B.
  • 459
  • Parts of Tameside M.B
  • Parts of Oldham M.B
  • Parts of Carlisle District
  • Parts of Eden District
  • Parts of Lancaster Borough
  • Parts of Ribble Valley District

Yorkshire Water Authority

  • South East Sheffield
  • Central Sheffield
  • Parts of West Barnsley (2)
  • South West Sheffield
  • Thornton pressure treatment works supply area, West Bradford
  • Area east of Thirsk
  • Area west of Harrogate
  • Addingham
  • Parts of Dewsbury, Mirfield and Huddersfield
  • Part of North Bradford
  • Huddersfield, Holmbridge, Holmstyes area
  • Parts of Huddersfield
  • Rural area of Keighley
  • Reva treatment works supply area, Rombalds
  • Parts of Huddersfield
  • Rural areas west and south of Halifax (2)
  • Northern area of Halifax
  • Halifax, served by Thrum Hall treatment works
  • Otley

Ms. Quin

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will list the local areas, served by the Newcastle and Gateshead water company, which have been supplied with drinking water containing aluminium levels above recommended European Economic Community limits over each of the last five years;

(2) how many people in the Newcastle and Gateshead areas have been supplied with drinking water containing aluminium over recommended European Economic Community limits, for each of the last five years;

(3) he will list for each of the areas which have been given derogations from European Economic Community limits concerning aluminium levels, by how much the European Economic Community limits were exceeded for each of the last five years.

Mr. Moynihan

This information is not held centrally. The level of aluminium in drinking water in areas which do not yet meet the standard for aluminium set in the EC drinking water directive is considered acceptable by medical advisers.