United Utilities voted one of the UK's top 50 firms to work for

The company which paralysed water supplies across half of Lancashire last summer has been voted one of the UK's top 50 employers.

Friday, 15th January 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 15th January 2016, 2:09 pm
Testing in the United Utilities lab

United Utilities, which was forced to pay out around £25m in compensation for contaminating the network with the bug cryptosporidium, is rated as the 24th best firm to work for in a staff survey involving 1,600 businesses.

Jaguar Land Rover came top, with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca second and department store Harrods third. Two other water companies - Northumbrian and Anglia - also made the chart.

The news will come as a welcome boost to Warrington-based United Utilities where staff battled through a challenging 2015, yet still gave their employers a massive thumbs up.

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More than 300,000 homes and businesses in Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and the Fylde Coast were affected when cryptosporidium was found in supplies in early August. Consumers were advised to boil all drinking water, with parts of the network not being given the all-clear for 30 days.

An investigation into what caused the contamination has still not been concluded six months on.

A company spokesman said: “We’re delighted our employees have spoken favourably about working for United Utilities. As a business we understand how vital our employees are for our success.

“And we make sure they are well trained and work in an environment which is both challenging and fun so they can deliver a great service.”

For all of last year’s coverage on the water contamination in Lancashire visit the links below: