A HEALTH scare has resulted in the army improving its water quality controls at Aldershot.

Action was taken after it was discovered that supplies to the garrison town were unsafe to drink.

Consumers, including families living in the 1,700 married quarters, were advised to boil the water for four weeks.

Army chiefs called in Rushmoor Council health officials to investigate the problem.

They traced the cause of the poor water quality to a failure of the re-chlorinating process at Bourley reservoir.

Details of the problem were reported to the meeting of the council's licensing committee.

Members were told that the drop in quality was discovered after samples were taken from the supply last October.

"The council spearheaded an incident team which ensured that water quality was restored and the boil your water notice lifted at the earliest opportunity," said the report.

Members of the team also provided the army with recommendations to ensure that a similar problem did not arise again.

David Quirk, council environmental health chief, said last Friday: "The chlorine disinfects the water and ensures there are no bugs in the supply.

"So far as we know no-one was taken ill as a result of drinking the water."