United Utilities declare all clear as boil water warning lifted

Posted on - 6th September, 2015 - 10:10pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News
Tap water is not safe to drink Pic: Olly Clarke

Tap water was declared not safe to drink without boiling in early August Pic: Olly Clarke

United Utilities say every home in Preston and the area of Lancashire affected by the boil water warning is now safe to drink their water.


After more than a month for some homes in rural areas of the city the all clear has been given as of Sunday around 9pm.

The water firm has begun issuing compensation to customers affected after a trace of cryptosporidium was found at the Franklaw water treatment plant near Preston.

A statement from the firm said: “Through the combination of installing ultraviolet rigs and flushing of the network, we can confirm the water supplies are back to the normal standard.

“The boiled water advice is now lifted across the whole of Lancashire and all customers can now use their water supply as normal for all activities including drinking, food preparation and brushing your teeth.

“We’d like to thank all of our customers for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We do realise how frustrating this has been for you.

“We will write to affected customers to confirm your water is back to normal and compensation cheques are then issued separately by a second letter. These cheques are already starting to arrive in the areas where the boil water advice had previously been lifted. We expect to issue cheques to all home owners and businesses by the end of this month.”

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