Have you recently been sick with diarrhoea and stomach cramps?
Having been announced last week that more than 300,000 homes were affected by the a parasite found in United Utilities water supplies, consumers are questioning why this came to be considering household water charges.
United Utilities still warning residents to continue boiling tap water after the cryptosporidium parasite was found in United Utilities water supplies.
The advice was first issued on 6 August after routine tests at one of its water treatment plants discovered traces of the microscopic bug, which can cause sickness and diarrhoea.
Everyone living in Blackpool, Chorley, Fylde, Preston, South Ribble and Wyre was advised to boil their tap water before drinking and preparing meals.
However, people living in these areas have been told they don’t need to boil water for bathing, flushing toilets and washing clothes.
In a panic, residents have been buying bottled water from supermarkets across Lancashire; leaving some shop-shelves empty.
“The advice is being given purely as a precautionary measure as we carry out additional tests today,” Martin Padley, chief scientific officer at United Utilities, said.
In a statement the firm said, “We are very sorry for the continuing inconvenience. Thank you very much to all of our customers in Lancashire for their patience and understanding whilst we try to get things back to normal.”
It added, “This remains a very unusual incident. The risk to health is very low but we will not take chances with public health so please do continue to boil your water as a sensible precaution.”
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.
Some people, however, may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. For example, people undergoing chemotherapy due to cancer, people who have undergone organ trans-plants, people with HIV or AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.
United Utilities has said that it would be contacting residents offering them compensation once restrictions had been lifted but it did not specify the amount.