On the 6th of August last week more than 300,000 households were warned by United Utilities of a public health risk. All tap water in Blackpool, Flyde, Preston, South Ribble, Wyre, and areas of Blackburn should be boiled before consumption.
Martin Padley, Chief Scientific Officer at United Utilities, said: “The advice is being given purely as a precautionary measure as we carry out additional tests today. We apologise for the inconvenience but the health of our customers is absolutely paramount.”
It has now been confirmed that a contamination had occurred, with the identification of low levels of microbial parasites, known as cryptosporidium in the water system. Cryptosporidium commonly referred to as crypto, is a parasite passed on by accidental ingestion of contaminated faeces. This can cause gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea and can have more serious complications for those with weak immune systems.