United Utilities fined £300,000 for drinking water contamination

United Utilities has blamed farm run-off for cryptosporidium contamination that affected 700,000 people and resulted in £20m in compensation

Crytposporidium can cause diarrhoea and persistent coughing. Photograph: Nikkytok/123RFUnited Utilities blames agriculture for the cryptosporidium drinking water contamination that affected 700,000 people and resulted in a £300,000 fine and around £20m in compensation pay-outs.

The water company was fined at Preston Crown Court on 10 October. It will also have to pay an extra £150,000 in costs.

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