In the wake of Lancashire’s water contamination scare United Utilities has offered to pay compensation to over 300,000 households affected by the incident.
Businesses that may have been affected financially by the contamination are also eligible for compensation.
The bug was originally discovered at a water treatment works last Thursday. Concern over the contamination was high as symptoms of the illness caused by the bug are severe and in vulnerable individuals, potentially life threatening. The illness caused by the bug is called cryptosporidiosis, a parasitic disease with symptoms including diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps that can last up to three weeks in healthy individuals.
The instruction was given by United Utilities to affected households in Lancashire to boil water in order to make it safe to drink, a directive that remains in place.
The Lancashire Evening Post has taken the opportunity to look on the bright side, with a fascinating look at the lengths their ancestors had to go to in order to obtain safe, clean drinking water, and how we often take our water for granted today.