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Consumer claims could be made by more than 6,000 people affected by the contaminated water scandal affecting residents of New Stevenston, Carfin, Dalziel Park, Nearthill, Chapelhall, Mossend and Holytown.

Any consumer claims would be made to seek recognition of the fact that following contamination of the water with an "oily-based substance" residents were left without water for two days. But far worse than any inconvenience caused is the fact that many became ill as a result of consuming the contaminated water.

"Many kids have been laid low with sickness and diarrhoea with their parents having to take time off work to care for them," said Patrick McGuire from Thompsons Solicitors

"We have cases where people have been hospitalised for several days and what's really unacceptable is that some people have become ill after drinking the bottled water given to them by Scottish Water as a replacement for their tap water."

Furthermore, it is thought that Scottish Water might have committed an offence under the Scotland Water Act while also being guilty of supplying water that is unfit for human consumption, which, if proven, could provide serious ammunition to the consumer claims of affected residents.

Anyone affected by the contaminated water scandal can call Thompsons Solicitors' special helpline on 08000 015 162. For more information about making a consumer claim click here for more from our personal injury solicitors.

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