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12 September 2017

Environmental incidents - SEISS reports (major fire - Dalgety Bay; boil water notice - North Tolsta, Lewis)

The Scottish Environmental Incident Surveillance System (SEISS) recorded the following incidents in the past week:

  • Nearly 30 firefighters were called to a blaze in a disused building at Hillend industrial park in Dalgety Bay at about 18:40 on Wednesday 6 September. Police advised people living to the east of the industrial estate to stay inside with their windows and doors shut as a precaution due to noxious gases. Six appliances, including a high-reach appliance, were used to tackle the blaze. The blaze was later extinguished and there were no reports of any injuries. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-41182901).
  • After E. coli was detected in the water supply serving North Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis, and following discussions with NHS Western Isles, Scottish Water issued advice to those in the area to boil water before drinking or cooking with it. Bottled water was also offered to the residents of the 218 properties affected (6 September - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41173249). The utilities company said later that tests had shown the water quality had returned to normal, adding that it was continuing an investigation into the source of the contamination (8 September - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41199790).

For more detailed information on SEISS, go to http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/enviro/ssdetail.aspx?id=107 or contact either Ian Henton or Colin Ramsay at HPS on 0141 300 1100.

Vol: 51 No: 36 Year: 2017 Page:

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