Lancashire water bug alert remains at 50,000 homes

Franklaw water treatment works in Preston
Image caption The warning was issued after traces of the bug were found at Franklaw water treatment works near Preston

Residents at 50,000 Lancashire homes are still boiling tap water, United Utilities has said.

Restrictions were lifted for 54,000 homes in Blackpool and Lytham St Anne's, and some southerly parts of the Fylde.

Up to 300,000 homeowners could not drink tap water for more than three weeks after cryptosporidium, a microbial parasite, was discovered.

The bug was found at a treatment works near Preston on 6 August.

Water has been treated with ultraviolet light to kill the bug, which can cause diarrhoea and cramps.

United Utilities said it expected to be able to lift the restrictions for the "vast majority of remaining customers" by the end of Sunday.

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Image caption Cryptosporidium can cause diarrhoea and abdominal cramps

The remaining UV-dosing rigs will soon be up and running to remove the last traces of the bug from the water network, the firm added.

The warning had affected residents in Blackpool, Chorley, Fylde, Preston, South Ribble and Wyre.

Those who have been affected are to be given up to £60 in compensation.

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