Hot drink machines shut down in water alert

Companies have been urged to switch off hot drink vending machines during the water crisis blighting large parts of Lancashire.

Tea or coffee?
Tea or coffee?

But a row has flared up after at least one distribution firm, with dozens of customers in the affected area, claimed it had not been given the warning until today - three weeks after the boil water alert was first brought in.

A spokesman for Border Vending North West Limited, based in Warrington, said: “We didn’t get the advice notice. I don’t know why, but as soon as we heard, this morming, we immediately contacted customers and advised them to turn their vending machines off as a precaution.”

The Automatic Vending Association said it had contacted its members to issue switch off notices as soon as United Utilities put out a warning on August 6 for consumers in the Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and the Fylde Coast to boil drinking water after traces of the parasite cryptosporidium had been found in supplies from the Franklaw Treatment Plant near Garstang.

As the scare entered its fourth week today Public Health England reassured the public it had not had a single case of crypto infection confirmed.

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