A warning to boil water before drinking remains in force across Preston and a swathe of Lancashire on Friday morning.Advertisement
United Utilities issued a warning the supply across the city and surrounding area may be contain traces of cryptosporidium – which can cause diarrhea.
The warning has been in place since Thursday afternoon and has seen panic buying of bottled water in supermarkets and shops across the city.
Shortage of water @asda – OMG what now?? pic.twitter.com/xrLpqo4M3p
— PrestonToPlaces (@prestontoplaces) August 6, 2015
BBC North West Tonight is suggesting the boil water warning may remain in force until early next week. United Utilities have confirmed the warning will be in place throughout the weekend.
The advice on boiling water includes water for preparing food and brushing your teeth.
The water firm has been carrying out bottled water deliveries to elderly and vulnerable customers.
Customers have been taking to Twitter to query the ban and advice from United Utilities
View a map of the affected area.