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The Cryptosporidium Water Crisis

Posted by Angus Fosten on September 10, 2015

One major event to strike the water industry recently, was the Lancashire Cryptosporidium water crisis. Cryptosporidium is a parasite found in livestock, which can have some severe consequences on the gastrointestinal system when ingested.

Lancashire has seen 300,000 households suffer from a water contamination incident that’s forced residents to buy bottled water for weeks. Now residents are left boiling tap water for an additional two weeks to ensure it poses no risk.

The organism was initially discovered on August 6th in the Franklaw water treatment plant. Now, ultraviolet rigs have been brought in, to hopefully dispel any last remnants of the bug, which is thought to have receded its presence at the water treatment plant significantly.

The Result of the Lancashire Cryptosporidium Outbreak?

Mass purchasing of bottled water, extra recycling collections and the potential for millions of pounds worth of compensation to be paid to residents.

For example, 2015 saw United Utilities issue residents in the Bolton area £15 per house in order to cover the costs of boiling kettles over a five day period following supply problems.

In this current cryptosporidium situation, it’s thought that major companies such as BAE have spent over £100,000 to keep workers hydrated and will be expecting a far larger compensatory figure.

The outbreak is expected to have surfaced from animal waste in the system and highlights just how imperative it is to have processes in place in order to warn people and prevent illness or serious side effects. The water industry uses instruments in order to check water quality and to catch a risk quickly in case an unforeseen event such as animal contamination occurs.

Here at Partech we sell a host of instruments for close and accurate water monitoring and some of our favourites are the Triple Validation Monitor Unit and UV-T sensors, which control critical processes in drinking water treatment control.

The PearlSense T sensor is the world’s first UV-T monitor to incorporate a UV-C LED light source instead of using a mercury lamp—as is uniform on other products. Therefore, the PearlSense T sensor gives exceedingly accurate readings in all conditions and even has an extra long lifespan!

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