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Boil water advice lifted for more homes

United Utilities has lifted the boiled water advice in further parts of Lancashire.

A further 54,000 customers in the remaining parts of Blackpool and Lytham St Annes and some of the south parts of the Fylde no longer need to boil their tap water.

More than 300,000 homes have been affected in the county after a parasite was discovered at a treatment works.

To check which postcodes are now lifted, customers can visit United Utilities’ or call the freephone number: 0800 912 7241.

The water firm says that it expects to be able to lift the boil water advice for the vast majority of remaining customers by the end of this weekend.

Water firm faces multi-million pound compensation bill

The first compensation letters go out later Credit: pa

United Utilities faces paying around £15 million pounds in compensation to
households in Lancashire affected by the outbreak of a parasitic bug in supplies.

The company said that cheques for payments ranging from £50 to £60 were starting to be sent out to 300,000 households.

Homes and businesses in parts of the county were first warned to boil their water before use on August 6 after traces of the microbial parasite cryptosporidium was found in a water treatment works in Preston.

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