MP calls for debate over cryptosporidium investigation

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has pressed the Government to end the silence over an investigation which saw 300,000 people unable to use their tap water for more than a month.

Mr Menzies, who this week criticised the Drinking Water Inspectorate for refusing to give any information about the investigation into the August 2015 incident, asked in a Parliamentary debate for the Government to intervene.

Mr Menzies said “In August 2015, 300,000 households in Lancashire were affected by the loss of drinking water as a result of the cryptosporidium outbreak, yet 18 months on the Drinking Water Inspectorate still refuses to publish the report or to say when it will be published.

“In fact, the response has been, ‘We will publish when we are good and ready’. Will the Leader of the House set aside time for a debate on the responsibility of organisations such as the DWI to the constituents I represent?”

David Lidington, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons told him: “I have to say I am surprised that this report has not yet been published, and I shall draw my hon. Friend’s representations to the attention of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.”

Residents on the Fylde coast were the longest affected after the boil water notice was put in place, when United Utilities found traces of cyrptosporidium in Lancashire’s drinking water.

The outbreak was traced to the firm’s Franklaw installation near Garstang.

But 18 months on, the Drinking Water Inspectorate refuses to make any detail of its investigation public.


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