Tap water

Cryptosporidium warning in tap water in North West England

Thousands of households in the northwest of England, mainly the following areas: Blackpool, Chorley, Preston and South Ribble and Wyre are advised by the water utility company for that area United Utilities to boil their drinking water as a precaution, after traces of parasites were found in the water supply for the aforementioned area.
The parasite detected during a routine test of the water supply for the area, at water treatment works in Preston was Cryptosporidium. The parasite can cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting.

In a notice posted on their website, United Utilities is urging customers in the areas identified to boil the water they need for drinking, preparing food and brushing their teeth until further notice. The precaution does not extend to water used to wash clothes and bathe. United Utilities are urging those affected to tell elderly relatives and neighbours about the water warning.

You can find more information about this news at United Utilities website: http://www.unitedutilities.com/lancashire-boiled-water.aspx