IN BRIEF : Water curbs `could have cost lives'

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People in Yorkshire could have died from Bosnia-like hygiene problems if water rationing had been brought in last summer, the public inquiry into the regional water company's handling of last year's drought was told yesterday.

Dr Chris Worth, West Yorkshire's public health director, claimed the area could have become "like Bosnia" as rota cuts led to "life-threatening" dysentery, hepatitis A and salmonella. The inquiry continues today