Cryptosporidium : Boiling water in Lancashire

August 8, 2015


More than 300,000 households in Lancashire have been told to boil drinking water after contamination with a microbial parasite.

Routine tests by United Utilities found traces of cryptosporidium at Franklaw water treatment works outside Preston.

Some customers said they were not alerted quickly enough but the company said it had done "everything possible".

Traces of the parasite, which can cause gastrointestinal complaints, were reducing, said a spokesman.




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