SCOTTISH Water is advising customers in the Tomnavoulin area of Moray to boil their tap water before consuming it, as a precaution, following a drop in the quality of the supply.
Routine sampling at the local water treatment works suggests higher than normal levels of a microscopic organism called cryptosporidium, prompting the advice to customers to boil their water before consuming.
The organism is often found in rural water supplies, and according to a Scottish Water spokesman, at low levels is not a concern.
Monitoring of the supply is ongoing, he said, while affected customers have been issued with boil water notices and bottled water is being made available to help minimise any inconvenience.
Once the quality returns to normal, customers will be advised.
Margaret McGuinness, Scottish Water’s public health manager, said: "Our top priority is the protection of public health so as a precaution we’re advising people to boil their water. We appreciate the inconvenience this will cause and would like to thank people for their patience while the issue is resolved."