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United Utilities lifts boil water notice for 80,000 Lancashire homes

United Utilities say they have lifted the boil water notice for 80,000 homes in parts of Lancashire, around a quarter of those affected by the cryptosporidium outbreak.

The boil water restriction has been lifted for Credit: PA Images

Residents in parts of Blackpool, Chorley and Preston will be able to use their water without boiling it.

More than 250,000 residents are still having to boil their water, and United Utilities say they must check their postcode on their website.

Customers can also call a freephone number on 0800 912 7241.

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No timeframe on when boil water notice will be lifted in certain towns and cities in Lancashire

United Utilities has said there is no timeframe of when the boil-water notice will be lifted in certain towns and cities in Lancashire.

It's two weeks today since the notice went out for homes to boil their water after an outbreak of the Crytosporidium bug was found in the area's water supply.

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  1. Daniel Hewitt, Reporter

Likely to be Friday 'at the earliest' before United Utilities ends boil water notice

Residents in parts of Lancashire are still being told to boil their water Credit: ITV Granada

United Utilities say it is unlikely to lift its boil water notice until Friday, nine days after the company found traces of cryptosporidium in its water supply.

Around 300,000 residents in Lancashire are still being told to boil tap water before drinking it, preparing food and brushing teeth.

United Utilities told Granada Reports the situation is now 'in the hands of the scientists' at its laboratory in Warrington where tests of water samples for the water-based parasite are taking place around the clock.

On Monday, the company said one clear sample had been found overnight and it was hoped water would be safe to drink from the tap again by Wednesday this week.

To lift the boil water notice, scientists need to find three negative samples within 24 hours.

However today we are told small traces of cryptospordium remain in the water supply, and the current situation is unlikely to be resolved before the end of the working week.

Until that time, the boil water notice remains in place as a 'precaution' and the company insists the risk remains low and is 'getting lower'.

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'Boil water' policy likely to stay till Thursday or beyond

It looks likely that 100s of thousands of people in Lancashire are going to have to continue boiling their drinking water until Thursday or maybe longer. United Utilities has confirmed their 'boil water' policy stays for tonight but it had been widely hoped it would be lifted tomorrow. But Mark Hendrick the MP for Central Lancashire says it could be Thursday before things return to normal for 300,000 people.

United Utilities expect to 'lift boil water notice soon'

United Utilities say they exoect to be able to lift the boil water notice for hundreds of thousands of residents in Lancashire soon.

In a video posted to their Youtube channel, the company's Customer Service Director Gary Dixon said: "We’ve seen in the past few days those levels of cyrpto coming down now to a very minute trace.

“We’re absolutely confident in the action we’re taken we’ll be able to lift this boil water notice soon."

Lancashire residents must still boil water

United Utilities has confirmed hundreds of thousands of people in Lancashire must still boil their drinking water.

It comes after the bug cryptosporidium was found at a water treatment works.

  1. Daniel Hewitt, ITV News

Company hopes water bug restrictions could be lifted 'in a few days'

It could be Wednesday before water supplies are back to normal in Lancashire where around 300,000 people have been told to boil their water since last week.

That was after the bug cryptosporidion was found in routine testing.

United Utilities said today it was making good progress, and hopes the warnings could be lifted 'in a couple of days.'

Daniel Hewitt's been to see the work the company's been doing:

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