On 17 September, Scottish Water and NHS Orkney lifted the ‘Don’t Drink, Don’t Cook’, notice for Shapinsay which had affected water supplies to 166 properties on the island. The notice was issued Saturday, 16 September, after Scottish Water reported that a sample taken from the island’s reservoir had tested positive for Escherichia coli. A spokesman for Scottish Water said that the company had carried out further testing of the water supply, the results of which had been confirmed as clear.
As a precaution, Scottish Water’s local team had temporarily bypassed its service reservoir on Shapinsay, so that the island was being supplied with water directly from a source (verified as safe) on the Mainland. Investigations into the cause of the original failure were still ongoing. Following the results of further sampling, customers in Shapinsay can now use their water as normal. [NHS Orkney News Release, 17 September 2017. http://www.ohb.scot.nhs.uk/news/shapinsay-dont-drink-dont-cook-notice-lifted]