The Guardian has learned from sources close to the company that the company is considering a possible recall of its water treatment equipment following its release of a “highly toxic” batch of a chemical used to remove algae from its water supply.
The Guardian has also learned that a batch of chemicals used to prevent algae growth, which was originally released into the UK’s water supply in April, could also be at risk of being released into our rivers and lakes, as the company has yet to provide a list of locations where it can be found.
The company has released a statement saying it is “aware of a potential recall of water treatment products” after a batch containing the chemical, which is also known as the “coronavirus reductase inhibitor”, was released in April.
The statement said that while it was “not known how long the recall may take to complete”, the company “will review its products in the coming weeks to determine the extent of the risk”.
“We want to make sure we are using the best available equipment for the job we are doing, so we will be sharing more information as we move forward.”
The statement also said that the water treatment company has had no complaints about the batch of the chemical being released, adding that it was tested on a small number of water samples and found to be safe for human consumption.
The BBC’s John Simpson said that, if the company were to recall the products, it would have to send the water treated water back to the manufacturer.
“So, they would have no way of knowing what the quality of the water was before it was released, and then having to return it to the plant,” he said.
“And they wouldn’t know what the conditions were before it went in.”
The BBC said that in an email to Reuters, the company said:”We have been aware of a possible contamination of the UK water supply after the release of this batch of toxic algae-releasing chemicals.”
“The safety of our water supply and our customers is our top priority, and we take all allegations of contamination very seriously.”
The company’s spokesperson said that it has “continuously investigated” the source of the contamination.
“As part of this investigation we have had a small amount of the batch tested, and confirmed the safety of the product,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that the supplier is currently working with the Environment Agency to assess the level of the material in the water.
It is understood that the batch released into waterways last year was produced by an Australian company and that there have been no complaints of the presence of the contaminant.
“We are not aware of any complaints or concerns at this stage,” the company’s statement said.
We are working closely with the Environmental Agency to identify and ensure that the contaminating chemicals are removed from the UK supply of water,” the statement continued.