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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.


Foundation trust in Cheshire to take action over finances after investigation

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to take action to improve its finances after an investigation by the health regulator Monitor.

The regulator says there are reasonable grounds to suspect the trust has breached its licence to provide NHS-funded health services.

The trust will now draw up and implement plans to improve its financial position, and must also ensure it has sufficient capacity and capability to deliver these plans. The trust will also take steps to ensure it can continue to provide its services on a sustainable basis.

Paul Chandler, Regional Director at Monitor, said:

“Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will take urgent steps to improve its finances following our investigation."

“It is important that improvements are now made and that the trust is able to provide its services on a sustainable basis for patients in the local area.”

– Paul Chandlrr, Regional Director at Monitor

The regulator also examined the trust’s A&E performance but that investigation has been closed without further formal regulatory action following improvements in performance. However, Monitor expects the trust to continue this progress, in collaboration with other local organisations.

The trust will report to Monitor on its progress and the regulator may take further action if required.


  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'.

Funeral held for for festival death teen

Christian Pay Credit: Cumbria Police

The funeral will be held today for a teenager who died after taking drugs at a music festival in Cumbria. 18 year old Christian Pay died after taking an unknown pill at Kendal Calling. The church is St George's Church in Millom and the service is at 1pm.

In total 14 people were treated in hospital after falling ill at the annual music event. Earlier this week Christian's friend who ended up in a coma after taking the same tablets issued a warning to other young people.

'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."

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