WATER LATEST: Company pledges to pay compensation ‘to all.’

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All homes and businesses affected by the water crisis in parts of Lancashire will be compensated, United Utilities has announced.

The company, which has been advising more than 300,000 users in Preston, South Ribble, Chorley, the Fylde Coast and parts of Blackburn to boil all drinking water since last Thursday, has agreed that households as well as businesses will be refunded for the inconvenience and extra cost caused by the alert.

A spokesman pledged on the company’s website on Wednesday afternoon: “We will be compensating all homes and businesses who have been affected by the boil water notice.

“We will be contacting you proactively in the coming weeks. We’re looking at how this will work to be as easy as possible for all of our customers and we’ll provide more details in the coming days.

“Compensation for businesses will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.”

The restrictions are now in a seventh day since the contamination of cryptosporidium was first discovered last Thursday.

Scientists say traces of the minute parasite have been reducing in samples taken around the affected network, but so far health experts are unable to announce an all-clear.