Hospitality businesses suffer half-term holiday cancellations due to South West Water’s water poisoning scandal

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Hospitality businesses are already and now set to continue paying a high price for South West Water’s Brixham cryptosporidium water poisoning scandal. As half-term holiday cancellations are widespread alongside wider reputational damage to the region.

Holiday makers are understandably cautious of risking themselves and their families to the water-borne parasite cryptosporidium, which has already seen hundreds of locals falling ill with stomach infections, severe vomiting, and diarrhoea.

South West Water confirmed ‘small traces’ of the waterborne parasite cryptosporidium detected in Alston and the Hillhead area of Brixham and now also in areas including Boohay, Kingswear, Roseland and North West Paignton. With the scandal making headlines across national media, hotel, B&B, and restaurant cancellations are rife. Local media news website DevonLive is reporting hospitality businesses in the Brixham, and wider local area fear a ‘half-term washout’ due to the on-going contamination of its water supply.

The ongoing water crisis in Devon is of course only part of a wider water health problem across much of the UK. Yesterday protesters against water companies dumping sewage in seas and rivers gathered across the UK to vent their anger. More than 30 protest events took place across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Cornish charity Surfers Against Sewage led the way.