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Boil water before drinking: Preston put on water alert after traces of cryptosporidium found

Posted on - 6th August, 2015 - 5:06pm | Author - | Posted in - News
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Prestonians are being urged to boil their water before drinking it, preparing food or brushing their teeth.

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United Utilities have issued the warning after tests at the Franklaw water treatment works in Preston found traces of cryptosporidium.

Friday morning update: Boil water warning remains in force

The company says the traces are low but have issued the advice, which covers the whole of Preston, Wyre, Fylde, South Ribble, Chorley and Blackpool with immediate effect.

People can continue to use tap water without boiling for domestic purposes such as bathing, flushing toilets or washing clothes.

Martin Padley, Chief Scientific Officer at United Utilities, said: “The advice is being given purely as a precautionary measure as we carry out additional tests today.

“We apologise for the inconvenience but the health of our customers is absolutely paramount.”

The boil water warning is to remain in force for Thursday evening and into Friday morning.

Customers are asked to take extreme care when boiling water because of the danger of scalding. Simply bring water to the boil and let it cool.

United Utilities is monitoring water supplies and is hoping to be able to lift the boil water advice as soon as possible. Here’s what customers have been asking on Twitter.

View a map of the affected area.

What is cryptosporidium?

It can cause gastrointestinal illness with diarrhea in humans.

Why has it happened?

Here’s Gary from United Utilities explaining what’s happening. Or view the video here.

When will the warning be over?

Keep checking the United Utilities website or follow them on Twitter @unitedutilities for updates.

Customers with questions or concerns can contact 03456 723 723.

Has this warning affected your day? Has your business or organisation been affected? Let us know in the comments below

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