People in large parts of Lancashire are being urged to continue boiling water as United Utilities battles to eradicate the the cryptosporidium bug that has affected water supplies to 300,000 homes.
The firm has now begun to instal ultra violet rigs on certain parts of the network which will help them to kill off the remaining bugs, alongside the flushing they continue to do.
A United Utilities spokesman said:
“The work we have done so far is helping us to reduce what were already very low levels of the bug in the water even further and we also now have more intelligence about how it is moving the system as we keep on flushing.
“On Wednesday (August 19) we started to put ultra violet rigs on certain parts of the network which will help us to kill off what small traces of the bug remain, alongside the flushing we continue to do.
Above: areas affected in Lancashire
“We know customers will 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’ve said that we won’t take risks with public health and so the advice to boil your tap water for drinking or food preparation continues until we are confident that supplies are back to normal. and this could still be several days as we use ultra violet techniques to help clear away the bug.
“Thanks for your continued support and patience. We are working around the clock to get back to normal.
“If you are in our affected areas please continue to boil your water as a precaution, for all drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.”
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