One of the country’s biggest pub chains has had to stop serving coffee and ice to its customers amid Lancashire’s drinking water scare.
JD Wetherspoon, owner of Preston’s Grey Friar and Twelve Tellers pubs, says staff have also been unable to offer water to thirsty revellers.
Around 15 of the group’s outlets across Lancashire have been impacted after traces of the bug cryptosporidium were found during routine tests at Franklaw Water Treatment works near Preston last week.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “The water issue has caused some issues for our pubs. We have been unable to use tap water, ice, as well as our coffee machines.
“Our pubs have had emergency deliveries of bottled water from our suppliers.
“The situation has affected both our Preston pubs as well as other pubs in Lancashire.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and in the meantime ensure that we use bottled water.”
Advice from United Utilities for customers to boil tap water before consuming it remains in place until further notice.
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