SINGAPORE - A female corpse abandoned in a rooftop tank of a Woodlands HDB block may have tainted the drinking water of 700 residents.
The dead body of an Indonesian maid was discovered on Monday morning at approximately 10am on the rooftop of Block 686B, Woodlands Street 73.
A local news source said blood stains were found in the 2m-deep water tank.
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Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao reported that the deceased was a 30-year-old Indonesian female working in Singapore as a maid.
Her identity is unknown. She was wearing a t-shirt and bermudas when her body was found in the tank.
168 households may have had their drinking water supply affected by the corpse, according to the Chinese newspaper.
The case has been classified as murder by the police. The Straits Times reported that a 27-year-old Bangladeshi man had been arrested in connection with the case.
The victim and the Bangladeshi man were believed to have been in an intimate relationship. He was seen limping and had cuts on his legs when he was led away by the police at 10.40am.
The cause of her death has not been determined.
Lianhe Wanbao also reported that residents witnessed a man and woman arguing with each other on Monday morning.
The man looked like a foreigner and was choking the woman.
Residents also said that there were blood stains inside one of the lifts and at the lift landing, according to the Chinese newspaper.
The person who called the police is believed to have been a colleague of the Bangladeshi suspect.
The suspect was hired by Sergent Service Pte Ltd, and may have had access to the roof as part of his job as a maintenance worker.
White bubbles in water, supply cut off
It is understood that some residents may have used the water in their daily activities like washing and cooking.
The water supply was cut off at 11 am. The residents were first told by the town council that there were maintenance works going on.
News of a body being found in one of the eight water tanks on the roof of the 15-storey block then spread later.
A 43-year-old home-maker, Mrs Goh, said that she saw white bubbles when bathing her children. Her son could be affected by the water as he had sensitive skin, she said.
The PUB said in a statement on Monday night that it received a report of the incident at 3.30pm. It immediately stopped the water supply and provided other sources of water for residents.
PUB officers were also on hand to hand out water bags.
A PUB spokesperson said the town council is currently flushing and washing the tanks and distribution pipes. Water supply is expected to be restored by Tuesday.
Boiled water still safe for consumption
A doctor interviewed by Lianhe Wanbao said that any unboiled water drank by residents could result in stomach discomfort.
Symptoms mirrored those of food poisoning, the Chinese newspaper reported the doctor as saying. However, boiling water before consumption would be sufficient to kill germs inside.
Another doctor said that the water tank's size would dictate how much bacteria were present in the water.