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Lancashire families urged to boil tap water over bug fears

WATER SCARE: Water company United Utilities said tests at a water treatment plant in Preston have found traces of cryptosporidium

HUNDREDS OF thousands of Lancashire residents have been warned to boil their tap water first before use to kill a bug which can cause sickness and diarrhoea.

Water company United Utilities said tests at a water treatment plant in Preston have found traces of cryptosporidium.

Residents in areas including Blackpool, Chorley and Preston have been urged to boil their water for all drinking, food preparation and teeth brushing as a precaution until further notice, ITV News reported.

People can continue to use tap water without boiling for general domestic purposes such as bathing, flushing toilets or washing clothes, the firm said.

Martin Padley, chief scientific officer at United Utilities, called it a "precautionary measure".

"The advice is being given purely as a precautionary measure as we carry out additional tests today," Padley said.

"We apologise for the inconvenience but the health of our customers is absolutely paramount."

United Utilities said it is continuing to monitor water supplies and is hoping to be able to lift the boil water advice as soon as possible.

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