By Nicola Cowell
RADIOACTIVE traces have been found in tap water in 19 Almerían villages.
The ´abnormal levels of alpha radiation` were found in water from a well that serves the village of Albox.
Spanish health authority of the Junta de Andalucía has now warned locals in 18 surrounding towns that their water is unfit to drink.
The mayor in Albox issued a statement warning people not to drink or cook with their tap water due to the supply from the Zorreras well being found to be contaminated during routine tests.
Some of the towns, many which are bustling with tourists, have been cut off and are forced to get their water from tankers which deliver supplies only twice a week.
Water companies, who are now looking into the problem, say this is not the first time water has been unfit to drink in Almería.
Health delegate Manuel Lucas played down the problem, saying the tests taken were very wide.