United Utilities lift boil water warning for thousands more Preston households

Posted on - 30th August, 2015 - 7:59pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News
Water is not safe for drinking or cleaning your teeth with Pic: Mark Lee

Water had been unsafe to drink since early August Pic: Mark Lee

A raft of further postcodes in the Preston area have been told they no longer need to boil their water.

United Utilities have issued an update on homes which are now safe to drink their water directly.

They are continuing to flush out traces of the cryptosporodium bug which left 300,000 households in the city and surrounding areas without a supply of water – unless it was boiled first.

The full list of PR postcodes where the boil water notice has been lifted are:

PR1 0
PR1 1
PR1 2
PR1 3
PR1 4
PR1 5
PR1 6
PR1 7
PR1 8
PR1 9

PR2 1
PR2 2
PR2 3
PR2 5
PR2 6
PR2 6
PR2 7
PR2 8
PR2 9

PR4 4
PR4 5
PR4 6

PR5 4
PR5 5
PR5 6
PR5 8

PR6 0
PR6 7

PR7 1
PR7 2
PR7 3
PR7 4
PR7 5
PR7 6
PR7 7

PR25 1
PR25 2
PR25 3
PR25 4
PR25 5

PR26 6
PR26 7
PR26 8
PR26 9

A postcode checker can be used on the United Utilities website to double check if your water is safe to drink.

A statement from the water firm said: “Our ongoing work to remove the cryptosporidium bug from the Lancashire area, including the use of ultraviolet rigs and flushing activities, is continuing to be successful and we are now able to lift the boil water notice in more parts of Lancashire.

“Removing the cryptosporidium bug from a water network covering 2,500 miles of pipework is a complex process, but testing has shown that the water quality is now back to normal in the postcode areas shown above. We always said that we would lift the boil water notice as soon as we were able to in those areas where there was no longer a risk to public health.

“We all want things back to normal as quickly as possible and we’re continuing to liaise closely with the Drinking Water Inspectorate and Public Health England, and meeting with them regularly to review the very latest test results. We’re confident that the work we are doing is helping water quality to return to normal as quickly as possible.

“We will be compensating all homes and businesses who have been affected by the boil water advice notice, and once this advice is lifted in your area, we will contact you direct about this.

“We are extremely grateful to all our customers for their continuing patience and cooperation during this time. We know how frustrating this has been for you and are working around the clock to get things back to normal. For those still subject to the boil water advice, please continue to boil your water for drinking, brushing teeth and food preparation until we let you know you can stop.”

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