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Tap water across Lancashire declared safe after bug scare

Up to 300,000 homes were warned they should boil tap water. Credit: PA

All tap water in Lancashire has been declared safe to drink following an outbreak of a parasitic bug.

Up to 300,000 homes were warned they should boil tap water after traces of cryptosporidium were found in the water supply at the United Utilities treatment plant in Catterall.

On Sunday, United Utilities confirmed water supplies were now back to normal.

"The boiled water advice is now lifted across the whole of Lancashire and all customers can now use their water supply as normal for all activities including drinking, food preparation and brushing your teeth," a spokesman for the company said.

"We’d like to thank all of our customers for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We do realise how frustrating this has been for you."

United Utilities said compensation cheques should be issued to all affected residents and businesses by the end of September.

Boil water notice lifted for more homes in Lancashire

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A further 86,000 homes in Lancashire have been told they no longer need to boil water after an outbreak of a parasitic bug.

United Utilities lifted restrictions in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble following work to remove the cryptosporidium bug.

On Thursday, the notice was lifted for 80,000 homes in the region.

Some schools have been warned the notice may still be in place when pupils return from the summer holidays.

United Utilities said it has arranged for 174 schools to be supplied with bottled water while the notice is still in effect.

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