Lancashire tap water boiling ‘to end soon’
28 August 2015
From the section Lancashire
Hundreds of thousands of people in Lancashire should no longer need to boil their tap water to make it safe within the coming week, water company United Utilities says.
More than 200,000 homes are still affected after the discovery of a parasite at a treatment works left residents boiling water since 6 August.
Tap water in 80,000 homes was declared safe to drink on Thursday.
Parts of Blackpool, Chorley and Preston have been given the all clear.
Gary Dixon, customer services director for United Utilities, said: “We hope to get the warning lifted for the rest of our customers by the end of the coming week.”
If people have been using their water regularly there was no need to flush their system, he added.
Water was treated with ultraviolet light to kill the microbial parasite cryptosporidium, and United Utilities said it had assessed hundreds of test results after discussions with Public Health England.
Source:: BBC UK