Fylde MP Mark Menzies meets United Utilities chiefs over water issues


FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has met with United Utilities chief executive Steve Mogford to seek answers over the area’s current water problems.

It is now three weeks since a boiled water notice covering 300,000 homes in Lancashire was put in place after traces of the microbial parasite cryptosporidium were found at Franklaw water treatment works in Catterall, near Garstang.

Since then, Mr Menzies has been in daily contact with United Utilities and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and has asked for a full investigation to be carried out into the cause of the problem and efforts to rectify it.

Today he visited United Utilities’ headquarters in Warrington to meet senior executives and ensure that everything possible is being done to get clean water flowing from peoples’ taps again.

Following the meeting Mr Menzies said: “This is a problem which has severely affected my constituents and I have been contacted by a number of concerned people with vulnerable family members and business owners who rely on clean water supplies, who need reassurances that this will not go on much longer.

“While it is imperative that no risks are taken with public health, three weeks is a long time for people to be without drinking water.

“I wanted to ensure that the steps United Utilities are taking to restore the supply of wholesome drinking water are rapid, appropriate, employ best practice and meet their legal duties. I also wanted to know what compensation will be offered to those affected and, most importantly, when the boiled water notice will be lifted.

“I am hopeful that the restrictions will not be in place for too much longer and that work to resolve the issues continues successful.

“The Drinking Water Inspectorate, overseen by the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water, is leading the official investigation into this issue and will provide an independent report on the cause, with recommended resolutions including taking appropriate action against the company.

“I look forward to reading the outcome of that investigation when it is published. However, I have today written to the chairman of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee to ask if its members will look into this matter to provide the appropriate Parliamentary oversight of this serious incident.”


PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP at United Utilities’ headquarters in Warrington

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