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Lancashire Residents Urged to Boil Drinking Water

Residents of Lancashire have been told to boil tap water, due to contamination by a bug that can cause sickness and diarrhoea. 

On Thursday 6th August 2015, United Utilities released a warning advising customers in Blackpool, Chorley, Fylde, Preston, South Ribble and Wyre to boil their drinking water. The tap water may still be used “without boiling for general domestic purposes such as bathing, flushing toilets or washing clothes.”

Boiling your water before consuming it will kill any traces of cryptosporidium, making it safe to drink. The warning was issued following tests at a water treatment plant, where traces of cryptosporidium were detected. The parasite causes gastroenteritis, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The chief scientific officer of United Utilities, Martin Padley, stated, “The advice is being given purely as a precautionary measure as we carry out additional tests today. We apologise for the inconvenience but the health of our customers is absolutely paramount.”

Public water suppliers have a duty to provide “wholesome water,” for the purposes of drinking, washing, cooking or food production. The law states, under the Water Industry Act 1991, loss or damage caused by a failure to supply wholesome water for domestic purposes could result in a compensation claim by consumers.

If you have suffered an illness caused by a public water supply, you should seek immediate medical assistance. With evidence that your illness was caused by a contaminated public water supply, personal injury lawyers could help you to pursue a compensation claim.

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If you were injured in public in an accident that wasn’t your fault, call our Personal Injury Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we'll be happy to help you. Your claim will be assessed on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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