Following a recent announcement telling people in the North West to avoid tap water, due to a parasite that had been found in it, residents have been panic buying bottled water.
— Scott (@imscotttt33) August 6, 2015
The parasite was found at Franklaw Water treatment plant, and United Utilities have urged residents throughout a large section of Lancashire to avoid drinking tap water, unless it’s been boiled.
— Gareth Walker (@garethwalker13) August 6, 2015
Despite it being safe when boiled, shoppers in Preston, Chorley and Blackpool have now cleared most shops out of bottled water, in a wave of panic buying.
Traces of the parasite Cryptosporidium were found at the water works, and when consumed it can lead to vomiting and diarrhoea, and can be potentially deadly.
— 1001portails UK (@1001ptsUK) August 6, 2015
United Utilities are hoping to fix the situation as soon as possible. Pretty vague, but there you go.
Grab yourself an Evian and sit back and wait.