Water company polluted own supply with cryptosporidium

An important source of the organism which caused a major outbreak of the gastrointestinal illness cryptosporidiosis in Devon in August may have been a sewage treatment works operated by South West Water (SWW), according to National Rivers Authority (NRA) data. The plant was discharging massive quantities of cryptosporidium into the river Dart at the time of the outbreak and water containing elevated levels of the organism was being abstracted for public supply only a few kilometres downstream.

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