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Video | Lancashire water bug latest

United Utilities director Gary Dixon has explained the difficulties the firm faces ensuring its network is clear of the bug cryptosporidium.

The firm earlier this month advised customers in certain areas to boil their water before consuming it after routine tests at Franklaw water treatment works in Preston detected small traces of the microscopic bug in the water.

Ultra violet rigs have been installed in certain parts of the network to help kill off remaining traces of the bug.

In this video, Dixon said the Franklaw treatment plant was now clean but that a network of 4,000km of pipes and mains, and storage reservoirs holding 500M litres of water, had to be flushed out before the boiled water notice could be fully lifted.


United Utilities water bug update

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  • RFP


    please continue to invest to in the network; not enough is being done. As for customers, they are the priority and not the shareholders or the board. Continually monitor the water and chlorinate to the required level. Refer back to what was being done 20 years ago when I was working for NWW. hygiene is a big priority peoples support cannot simply be bought.

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