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United Utilities faces sentence for supplying water unfit for human consumption to 700,000 consumers

Water unfit for human consumption supplied to more than half a million people Credit: PA

Water company United Utilities is expected to be sentenced later after pleading guilty to supplying water unfit for human consumption.

700,000 people in Lancashire were affected by drinking water which contained the parasite cryptosporidium in August 2015. Those affected had to boil their tap water for three weeks.

WATCH: United Utilities admits guilt over contaminated water

United Utilities has pleaded guilty over supplying contaminated water to more than 700,000 homes in Lancashire.

For three weeks customers had to boil water or buy it in bottles after a parasite was found at a water treatment works.

It was a particular problem for care homes looking after elderly residents.

Today, at Preston Magistrates court, the company admitted its guilt.


United Utilities admits supplying water unfit for human consumption

United Utilities has pleaded guilty to supplying water that was unfit for human consumption to homes in Lancashire in 2015. The firm could face an unlimited fine.


The dangers of water highlighted by joint campaign

Safe4Summer is a campaign aimed at keeping people of all ages safe from summer risk such as the dangers of water. Click here for more information on the Safe4Summer campgaign

In the warmer months water can be enticing but it is often cooler than you expect - which can affect physical capabilities.

“Open water can also be deep and there's just no way of knowing what lies beneath the surface – like in this incident where the young girl has injured herself jumping into the river, and then needed rescuing by the emergency services.

– Cllr David Acton, Chair Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service

Teenager injured after jumping into Bury weir

Firefighters are pleading with children to stay out of lakes and rivers during the heatwave, after rescuing a 14-year-old who had injured her spine jumping into a weir.

The girl was pulled out of the water in Bury last night.

Fire crews rescuing teenager from the weir at Burrs Park, Brandlesholme. Credit: GMFRS

Station Manager Ian Tracey said: "With the scorching weather set to continue we ask parents out there 'where are your children on these hot days and nights?' and we continue to plead with people, of all ages, to stay out of open water no matter how tempting it may be."

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