'Boil water' advice lifted after Greater Manchester waterworks fault

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Image caption The boil water advice was lifted after testing of the water had been completed

Water services in Greater Manchester have "returned to normal" after a fault at a treatment works.

About 17,000 properties in Tameside and Saddleworth had been affected since Sunday by a "technical fault" on equipment and untreated water entering the local pipe network.

United Utilities lifted the boil water notice at about 21:00 on Tuesday.

The firm said the problem had been fixed and testing of the water had been completed.

Image caption United Utilities teams flushed water through their pipe network

Thousands of bottles of water were distributed to schools and nursing homes.

United Utilities released a statement to customers on its website which said: "We're very sorry for the time it has taken to get your water back to normal and we appreciate the frustration and inconvenience this will have caused."

Compensation of £20 would automatically be sent out to those affected, it added.

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